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House with a Clock in its Walls

Lewis Barnavelt


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Author: John Bellairs


Illustrator: Edward Gorey

BELLAIRS, John. The House with a Clock in its Walls. Pictures by Edward Gorey. NY: Dial Press [1973]. 8vo, [vi] 183pp. Purple cloth with spine stamped in silver. Dark brown endpapers; 12 full-page b&w illustrations and b&w illustrated chapterheadings. Spine ends a bit rubbed, edges slightly sunned, minute traces of hand-soiling in the margins of a few pages, else a tight, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine a tad sunned, light edgewear). With a full-page inscription from the author, John Bellairs.

First edition. Wonderfully illustrated throughout by the incomparable Edward Gorey, this is rhe first of twelve novels in Bellair’s Lewis Barnavelt series, as well as the basis for the 2018 film. When newly orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he is thrilled to discover that his uncle and their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! But then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house, setting off a race to stop the clock built into the old house’s walls before it obliterates all of mankind! A must for any Bellairs or Gorey collector!