The back panel of the dust jacket (left side of the artwork) depicts a tentacled beast rising from the water and reaching toward a red star burning in the sky. Another ghostly creature emerges from the cracked earth on the front panel. The black-and-white frontispiece shows Lewis Barnavelt walking down the back staircase in his house and observing the ever-changing stained glass window this time displaying the word CAVE.
The wrap-around dust jacket and frontispiece features the last completed bookwork of Edward Gorey, who died April 15, 2000. The book’s art was still on Gorey’s drawing table when Kevin McDermott photographed Gorey's home days after he died. The illustrations can be seen in McDermott's book, Elephant House: The Home of Edward Gorey.
The dust jacket painting, frontispiece illustration, and a copy of the book were put up for sale in 2001 by Bromer Booksellers with an asking price for $10,500.00.
- Stated First Edition
- Number line: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
Dust Jacket (front inner flap)
- Upper right corner: $16.99 (US) / $25.99 (CA)
- Lower left corner: "10+"
Dust Jacket (back inner flap)
- Bottom center: Jacket © 2000 by Edward Gorey | Reinforced Binding | 0900/Printed in the U. S. A.
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