SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF SENDAK’S ILLUSTRATED NUTCRACKER, WITH ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY SENDAK
HOFFMAN, E.T.A. The Nutcracker. Translated by Ralph Manheim. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., (1984). Quarto, original gray cloth, original cloth slipcase. WITH: Mounted lithograph ("Faithful Nutcracker") measuring 5 by 5 inches, matted; entire piece measures 9-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches.
Deluxe limited first edition, number 217 of only 250 copies signed by Sendak, with ten double-page full-color illustrations and numerous other color illustrations after watercolors by Sendak, and a mounted lithograph numbered and signed by Sendak.
This beautiful book preserves all the magic and mystery of the compelling vision of Hoffman's classic Christmas tale (written in 1816) that acclaimed illustrator Sendak created for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1983. The signed limited edition includes a lovely original lithograph—"Sendak's only published lithograph to date, and its small limitation made it highly desirable even before issuance; pre-publication orders numbered 12 times actual production" (Hanrahan A120).
Book with spine lightly rubbed and sunned, slipcase with light sunning to edges. A beautiful copy.