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Where The Wild Things Are; Story and Pictures by Maurice Sendak by  Maurice Sendak - Signed First Edition - 1963 - from The First Edition Rare Books, LLC (SKU: 874)

Where The Wild Things Are; Story and Pictures by Maurice Sendak

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Where The Wild Things Are; Story and Pictures by Maurice Sendak

by Sendak, Maurice

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  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
Near fine/near fine
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[New York]: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/near fine. First edition of Where The Wild Things Are, signed by Maurice Sendak, in first state dust jacket. Oblong quarto, [38pp]. Illustrated boards, olive green cloth spine. Light shelf wear to edges of boards. Housed in custom cloth clamshell, title on spine on red morocco label. On title page, contains Library of Congress number 63-21253. Pictorial endpapers, bright boards and clean illustrated text. In a first issue dust jacket, near fine, with $3.50 price on front flap, code "40-80 / 1163" on bottom of front flap, three paragraph blurb on front flap and no mention of the Caldecott Award. Light wear to dust jacket on spine, with 1 mm chip at top corner of spine. Signed by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak on half title, with illustration of "Wild Thing" drawn in his hand, dated September 1971. (Hanrahan A58) An exceptional signed copy.


Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short, a 1980 opera, and, in 2009, a live-action feature film adaptation. According to HarperCollins, the book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2008.

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BEST. BOOK. EVER. I have given a copy to every child in my life (family & friends). The imagination given wings and the safety net of a parent's love. Beautifully naughty, captures the joy of childhood and possibilities.


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Where The Wild Things Are; Story and Pictures by Maurice Sendak
Sendak, Maurice
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first state
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half title
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title page
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First Edition
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