BEAUTIFUL FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, SIGNED BY SENDAK WITH A LARGE ORIGINAL DRAWING BY HIM OF A WILD THING
SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. New York: Harper and Row, 1963. Oblong quarto, original half gray cloth, pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket; housed in a custom slipcase. $34,000.
First edition, in first-issue dust jacket, of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature, signed by the acclaimed author-illustrator on the half title with a very large original sketch of one of his wild things shouting, “Boo!”
Hailed as "the Picasso of children's books," Maurice Sendak has produced more than 80 books, of which Where the Wild Things Are is unquestionably the most famous, being one of the ten best-selling children's books of all time. At its publication, critics regarded it as dangerous encouragement for children to explore their darker side. It received scores of negative reviews and numerous denunciations from children's advocates. "But, by some miracle," Sendak wrote, "I won the Caldecott award, which is the highest graphics award in the industry, and almost overnight everyone loved the book." "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 major art of the 20th century" (Carpenter & Prichard, 476-77). With this children's book, "Maurice Sendak expanded the possibilities of the genre" (Zipes et al. C12). First-issue dust jacket, with correct blurbs and no mention of the Caldecott award. Hanrahan A58.
Book fine; exceptionally bright dust jacket with none of the usual toning, only two short closed tears. A beautiful copy of this great rarity, one of the finest we have ever seen, most desirable signed and with a large drawing by Sendak of one of his iconic wild things.