"WITH VERY OLD—VERY GOOD NUTCRACKING AFFECTION!"
(SENDAK, Maurice) HOFFMAN, E.T.A. The Nutcracker. New York, 1984.
First trade edition, presentation copy, of this delightful blend of Hoffman’s Christmas tale and Sendak’s magical color illustrations, inscribed to Sendak's close friend and neighbor: "For Elizabeth, with very old—very good nutcracking affection! Maurice Sendak Oct. '84," with an original drawing of the Nutcracker saying, "Happy Christmas!" $2800.