Oh, this was a fun book! It's a lovely collection of many of Edward Gorey's book covers, with particular emphasis on his early work at Anchor. This is by no means a complete collection of all the covers Gorey ever did, even of the Anchor titles; it's just a nice sampling. And there's a rather interesting essay to go along with the covers--again, mostly but not entirely about the Anchor period. My favorite bit:
Gorey was given certain authors to illustrate as a matter of course. He recalled, "I became very well known for my Henry James covers. I hate him more than anybody else in the world except for Picasso....I've read everything by Henry James, some of it twice, and every time I do it I think, 'Why am I doing this again? Why am I torturing myself? I know how I feel. Why can't I just accept that?'...Everybody thought, 'Oh, how sensitive you are to Henry James,' and I thought, 'Oh sure, kids.' If it's because I hate him so much, that's probably true."