“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen”: First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Large Drawing
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Boldly inscribed by Maurice Sendak opposite the half-title page, “For Rachel GRR! Maurice Sendak” with a drawing of large growling Carol. Near fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. An exceptional example, rare and desirable with a drawing by Sendak.
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