Signed book: Where the Wild Things Are. First edition, first printing. NY: Harper & Row, 1963. Hardcover with first-issue dust jacket, 10 x 9.25. Wonderfully signed and inscribed on the half-title page in black felt tip, "For Jonathan Ward, Maurice Sendak, Sept. 71," incorporating a fantastic original sketch of Carol, saying, "Hi!" Autographic condition: fine, with very subtle foxing to signed page. Book condition: VG/VG, with a tiny tear to the dust jacket, minor toning to the spine, wear at spine ends, and a clipped lower corner of the front inner flap.
This extraordinary book boasts all identifying points for the first edition, including: "Library of Congress catalog card number: 63-21253" on title page; dust jacket price of $3.50; no mention of the Caldecott award; codes 40-80 and 1163 at bottom of front inner flap; three-paragraph blurb about the book on front inner flap; and three-paragraph blurb about the author on the rear inner flap. Bound in the publisher's pictorial white boards and gray cloth, illustrated with Sendak's wraparound drawing of a wild thing, his habitat, and Max's boat, lettered in black. An exemplary specimen of this classic children's work.
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