WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, INSCRIBED BY SENDAK WITH AN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION OF MOISHE THE WILD THING WITH A BIRTHDAY CANDLE ON HIS HEAD
SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. New York: Harper & Row, circa 1968. Oblong quarto, original half gray cloth, pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Early edition of Sendak’s cherished classic, inscribed by him: "Happy Birthday For M—— P—— Maurice Sendak Jan. 76," with an original drawing of Moishe the Wild Thing with a lit birthday candle on his head.
First published in 1963, "Sendak's exploration of the realms of the unconscious in Where the Wild Things Are… lifts his work beyond the confines of the children's picture book, and places it among the major art of the 20th century" (Carpenter & Prichard, 476-77). Dust jacket with Caldecott sticker to front panel and price of $3.95 (first editions are priced at $3.50).
Book about-fine, corner-clipped dust jacket near-fine with minor soiling and toning and light rubbing to extremities. A most desirable inscribed copy with a wonderful (and unusual) original drawing.