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Maurice Bernard Sendak on Sale Now at Auction

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Signed 1st ed., 1st printing of Sendak's

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Description: SENDAK, MAURICE. (1928-2012). American children’s book author and illustrator best known for Where the Wild Things Are. Book Signed with an original sketch (“Maurice Sendak”). 37pp. Oblong 4to. New York: Harper and Row. 1964. First edition, first printing (in the second issue dustjacket), of Where the Wild Things Are inscribed on the half title page to his friend and erstwhile lover, Leroy “Eero” Richmond, including an ink drawing of a “Wild Thing.” ********** Sendak, affected at an early age by the loss of his extended family in the Holocaust, started out as an illustrator, inspired in his youth by Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. After more than a decade illustrating children’s books, including Else Minarik’s popular series Little Bear and I.B. Singer’s Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, Sendak began writing and illustrating his own stories. His 1963 book Where the Wild Things Are was controversial when first published, viewed as too dark for children because of its exploration of anger as well as the illustrations of “wild things.” However, it quickly became a favorite book of children, parents and teachers alike, winning a Caldecott Medal in 1964. ********** A subsequent work, In the Night Kitchen, also a Caldecott Medal winner, is one of the American Library Association’s frequently challenged and banned books because it depicts the main character in the nude. In addition to his children’s books, Sendak designed stage sets and costumes, advised the developers of Sesame Street and produced an animated television program. In 1990, Sendak collaborated with playwright Tony Kushner in adapting Brundibár, the Czech opera about the Holocaust, released as an illustrated book in 2003. ********** Printed at the bottom of the title page is “Copyright 1963 by Maurice Sendak. Printed in the United States of America. All rights reserved. Library of Congress catalog number: 63-21253.” With the second issue dust jacket (Hanrahan A58 Points) with the Caldecott Medal sticker on the front. Original price of $3.50 at the top of the front inside flap; bottom corner clipped with 40-80, 1163 and lists Harper & Row as the publisher. As per Hanrahan (A58) the inside rear flap on the second issue of the DJ begins, “Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Award” and ends, at the bottom with “Chosen Number One / Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 1963 / by the New York Times.” Some creasing to the seal and very minor shelf wear and very light waviness to the back of the dustjacket. In fine condition. An excellent, personal association copy with the added bonus of a Sendak sketch.

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