Where the Wild Things Are. Maurice Sendak, New York: Harper & Row, 1963, 8vo (9 1/4″ High x 10 1/8″ Wide) Oblong, Hardcover, Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket. White pictorial boards, with green cloth spine.
Extremities of the boards are very lightly rubbed and bumped, top and bottom edges are faintly soiled, gift inscription on half title page (dated Christmas of 1963), a few pages have very light smudges, and Max and his dog (on one page) have ghost of an orange crayon in a child’s hand. Price clipped, white pictorial DJ is lightly soiled, chipped, and creased, one expert archival repaired closed tear on lower front corner and The Wild Thing has ghost of removed crayon on both feet. In spite of the minor defects of this copy, it is truly a prized addition to any collection
This copy contains the original three paragraph blurb on the front flap as well as Harper & Row, Publishers/ 40-80/ 1163 and the rear flap contains a three paragraph blurb as well, these points identify this copy as a true first edition as stated by Hanrahan in her listing 58A.
Sendak drew inspiration from the sights, sounds, and experiences of his childhood to develop this book that he felt examined a child’s response to anger. Published in Nov. 1963, some people felt the story was too dark and disturbing for children. The Caldecott Medal was bestowed on Sendak for this somewhat controversial book in March of 1964 . After winning this distinguished award, “Where the Wild Things Are” was on its way to becoming a children’s classic and was reissued with new dust jackets to reflect this. This copy’s DJ has no mention of the Caldecott Award and no gold sticker. Our price $8,750.00