WARMLY INSCRIBED AND TWICE SIGNED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY SENDAK WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF MAX FROM WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: THE ART OF MAURICE SENDAK, WITH 261 ILLUSTRATIONS AND AN ORIGINAL POP-UP
LANES, Selma G. The Art of Maurice Sendak. New York: Harry N. Abrams, (1980). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth, original printed acetate dust jacket. $4500.
First edition of the first major retrospective of the acclaimed artist-author's career, with 261 illustrations, including 94 color plates and an original Sendak pop-up, signed on the half title by Lanes and Sendak and additionally inscribed in the year of publication: "For Clive—with pleasure with love everything! Maurice Sendak Oct-80," with a superb original drawing of Max from Where the Wild Things Are in his footie pajamas.
Covering his best known works (such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen) as well as his youth in Brooklyn and his early work as an illustrator (for example, his advertisements for Jell-O), this lavishly illustrated chronicle of Sendak's career also includes three folding plates, a tipped-in facsimile of Where the Wild Horses Are (the first dummy for Wild Things) and an original pop-up illustration depicting a scene from "Little Red Riding Hood." Hanrahan A107.
An about-fine inscribed and twice signed copy.