WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, INSCRIBED BY SENDAK WITH A LARGE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF MAX WEARING HIS WOLF SUIT AND SAYING "WOLF!"
SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. New York: Harper & Row, circa 1975. Oblong quarto, original half gray cloth, pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $5500.
First edition, second issue of Sendak’s cherished classic, inscribed on the half title: "For Bob, Maurice Sendak, Feb. 82, and Thank You!" with an original drawing of Max dressed in his wolf suit and saying "Wolf!"
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). Second issue, with Caldecott sticker affixed to front panel of dust jacket and mention of the Caldecott Award on the rear flap; dust jacket price $3.50 (first editions are priced at $3.50). See Hanrahan A58.
Book near-fine; corner-clipped dust jacket extremely good, with only slightest soiling, mild toning, and light wear to extremities. A desirable copy, inscribed with a drawing.