FIRST EDITION OF MINARIK’S LITTLE BEAR, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY MAURICE SENDAK
(SENDAK, Maurice) MINARIK, Else Holmelund. Little Bear. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1957). Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial boards, original dust jacket.
First edition, first issue, of Minarik’s four stories about Little Bear, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, the first of the “I Can Read” series of books.
This is the first of first-grade teacher Minarik's popular Little Bear series of readers, and also the first of Harper's "I Can Read" books. "Although the language in Little Bear is simple and the sentences are short, Minarik created a truly lovable character… What Minarik does not put into words, illustrator Maurice Sendak more than ably adds in the illustrations" (Silvey, 463). It contains "much of [Sendak's] best work" (Carpenter & Prichard, 475). First-issue dust jacket, with price of $2.50 code "40-80 / No. 7690A" on the dust jacket front flap. Hanrahan A26. Dust jacket price crossed out and restamped with new price.
Book about-fine, corner-clipped dust jacket with slightest soiling and light rubbing and toning to extremities. A near-fine copy.