Good Shabbos, Everybody

Maurice SENDAK   |   Robert GARVEY

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(SENDAK, Maurice) GARVEY, Robert. Good Shabbos, Everybody. No place: United Synagogue of America, (1951). Slim quarto, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers. $1650.

First edition of the increasingly rare third book to be illustrated by Maurice Sendak, focusing on a post-war American Shabbat.

A children's book about an American Jewish family celebrating Shabbos. Without dust jacket, as issued. Hanrahan A3. The former owner of this book was Maurice Sendak's neighbor, Andrew, from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Sendak bought a home and studio in Ridgefield in 1972 with his longtime partner, Eugene Glynn, and lived there until his death. Andrew first encountered Sendak in 1975 during one of his daily dog walks. (Sendak owned many dogs throughout his life, and they often starred in his books.) Andrew was immediately taken with Sendak, who reminded him of his recently deceased father. One day, Andrew called Sendak at home and asked if he could join him on his walks. Andrew and Sendak thus embarked on a 37-year friendship that also included the Andrew's mother, Betty, as well as Andrew's brother. Sendak went on long walks and hikes with Andrew and his family regularly, discussing general life events, opera, and books. He also invited them into his studio to show off works in progress. Andrew's mother, Betty, was an avid reader and collector and she and Sendak would talk late into the night about books. Sendak offered Betty advice about how to find and authenticate rare children's books, which she used to build her collection. Additionally, he frequently bartered for autographs (i.e. a cake for an inscribed drawing). The many inscribed drawings, along with first editions, signed books, and other valuable items grew into one of the country's premier Sendak collections.

Interior fine with only faint offsetting from color pages to facing pages as usual, a couple faint stains along board edges, only light wear to extremities, spine leaning slightly. An extremely good copy. Rare.

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