SENDAK. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, 1963, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED WITH AN ILLUSTRATION BY THE AUTHOR (1 VOL.)
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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- Maurice Sendak
- Where the Wild Things Are. [New York]: Harper and Row, 1963
oblong 4to (227 x 252mm.), FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY WITH AN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION OF A WILD THING AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ("Dear Reed - | This certainly looks like a first edition - | it has all the wrong colors in the right places!" and "For Reed Orenstein | Maurice Sendak") on the half-title, colour illustrations by the author, original green cloth-backed pictorial boards, first issue dust-jacket, collector's blue morocco box, lowest binding thread loose at hinge, very minor soiling and bumping to extremities
From the private collection of the late Reed Orenstein, New York bookdealer and longtime Sendak collector
Sendak's comment refers to a printing error within the first edition. Close examination reveals some colours out of alignment. Max's right foot (and claws) on the title-page, for example, have a minute red outline to the right of the black line. The first issue dust-jacket issue points are all present here (no mention of the Caldecott medal, price of $3.50 at the top right corner of the upper flap together with a three paragraph blurb and "HARPER & ROW, PUBLISHERS | 40-80 | 1163" and a further three paragraph blurb in the lower flap.