New York: Holiday House, 1971, 1981, 1984. Three oblong volumes, measuring 6 x 6.75 inches: , , . Original pictorial boards, original unclipped color pictorial dust jackets. Black-and-white illustrations throughout text. The Shrinking of Treehorn and Treehorn’s Treasure signed by Gorey on title page; Treehorn’s Wish inscribed by Heide on front free endpaper.
Complete set of Florence Parry Heide’s Treehorn trilogy, signed by illustrator Edward Gorey in the first two volumes, and inscribed by Heide with a sketch of a birthday cake in the third. These sly, surreal tales follow a boy whose marvelous adventures (his body slowly shrinking, a tree sprouting dollar bills, a genie offering birthday wishes) escape the notice of the adults in his life, who are too preoccupied with dinner plans, home improvements, and office hours to pay attention: “‘Well, I’ll let it go for today,’ said his teacher. ‘But see that it’s taken care of before tomorrow. We don’t shrink in this class.’” Edward Gorey’s illustrations perfectly capture Treehorn’s stoic self-reliance. The Shrinking of Treehorn is an early reprint in a first-issue dust jacket (priced at $3.95, no blurbs). Treehorn’s Treasure and Treehorn’s Wish are stated first editions, in first-issue jackets. A fine set, signed by author and illustrator.