In June I bought a collection of Edward Gorey books via an auction, but lets go back a minute.
In the Summer of 2014 an Edward Gorey site I frequent mentioned an auction of a significant Gorey Collection. A majority of the the books on offer were limited numbered editions, and at the time most were out of my league. I did have my eye on a few things, but the day of the auction all but one spiraled out of responsible financial reach. The one book I did get, The Silent Film, I was the sole bidder.
There was a companion auction that fall. I scanned and passed on all of the Gorey titles. A few books, a lot of paper. None of the books sparked with me. Of course it turns out that a book, The Dripping Faucet was picked up for $250 plus buyer's premium. Flash forward to February of this year. I went to a book show in Pasadena. I chatted with a book seller about his Gorey's for sale. Now I don't think he had a copy of The Dripping Faucet, but he did explained the uniqueness and rarity of the book to the degree that made me want it immediately. Doing later research I discover how expensive the book is and how cheaply the book went for at the previous auction.
Now, I could let myself off the hook safe in the knowledge that the work of Edward Gorey is vast, and knowing everything is impossible. Because in point of fact I didn't know of the books rare existence until after the auction. Of course this is the point.
The difference between being a buyer of Edward Gorey books and a collector of Edward Gorey books... the collector knows.
More on this soon....