FIRST EDITION OF SENDAK'S IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN, SIGNED BY SENDAK
SENDAK, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen. (New York): Harper and Row, (1970). Tall thin quarto, original white cloth, mounted cover illustration, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated classic, signed by Maurice Sendak, in colorful original dust jacket.
Sendak's homage to New York City and the movies of the 1930s, In the Night Kitchen "spins the reader through the surreal fantasy of a child's dream, like Alice into Wonderland or Dorothy into Oz." Like most of Sendak's work, Kitchen is "a celebration of the primal, sensory world of childhood and an affirmation of its imaginative potency" (Silvey, 586). It was a Caldecott Honor book in 1971. First-issue dust jacket, without Caldecott medal affixed. Hanrahan A75.
Mild soiling to cloth; dust jacket with only most minor wear. An about-fine copy.