"And that's the story of Nutcracker and the King of the Mice": First Edition of The Nutcracker; inscribed by Maurice Sendak
SENDAK, Maurice; E.T.A. Hoffmann.
Item Number: 140503
New York: Crown Publishers, 1984.
First edition of Sendak’s magnificently illustrated rendition of the classic Christmas tale. Oblong quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Maurice Sendak on the half-title page, “To Nicholas Robertson Maurice Sendak Dec. 85.” Translated by Ralph Manheim. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for over two hundred years. This beautiful book preserves the compelling vision of Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale that acclaimed illustrator Maurice Sendak created for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. "A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year" (New York Times Book Review).