Monday, December 12, 2011

Edward Gorey's Penny Candy

Bonhams will be offering two fine Edward Gorey original illustrations from Edward Fenton's Penny Candy in its December 15 sale.

Sale 19427 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, 15 Dec 2011 
New York

Lot No: 5083
GOREY, EDWARD. 1925-2000.
1. "Paul was staring steadily at the Widow Shinn," 132 x 113 mm. 
2. "Like swallows they scudded through the gritty air of Wishbone Street," 45 x 114 mm.
Both pen and ink, illustrations for Edward P. Fenton, Penny Candy (New York: Holt, 1970, pp 45 and 47), matted and framed together.
Estimate: US$7,000 - 10,000 

   December 15, 2011:   Unsold

In June, Bonhams offered preliminary cover artwork for this book. Alas, it did not find a buyer.
Sale 19514 - 20th Century Illustration Art, 22 Jun 2011 
New York 
Lot No: 139
Edward Gorey (American, 1929-2000)
"Penny Candy," color sketch for the jacket design for Edward Fenton's Penny Candy (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970).
Pen and ink and watercolor.
20.5 x 18.5cm (8 1/16 x 7 5/16in).
Matted and framed.

Estimate: US$6,000 - 8,000 


This children's story derives from the familiar English nursery rhyme "Tinker Tailor," that is also a counting game and a fortune telling song.

The published cover for Penny Candy by Edward Fenton

The following was offered for sale at  It appears to have been sold:
PAUL'S TOY EMPORIUM (1970) from Penny Candy by Edward Fenton (1970) New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston 
Original pen and ink illustration
Image 5.25 x 4.5 inches, paper 11.5 x 7.25 inches


January 24, 2013 Update:  The preliminary cover artwork for Penny Candy was sold today at Swann Galleries in New York. It had a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, considerably less than the 2011 Bonhams estimate. The hammer price was $3,400.
Edward Gorey, Penny Candy Preliminary Cover Art
Swann Galleries, January 24, 2013

Edward Gorey, Penny Candy Preliminary Cover Art
Swann Galleries, January 24, 2013

Note:  We last paid our respects to Mr. Gorey in our A Clutch of Vampires post here.