New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970. First edition. Original publisher's linen boards with pictorial cover label. An unread, Fine copy of the book. Original dust jacket with price of $4.95 intact and no Caldecott Medal sticker affixed to the jacket. Jacket also in Fine condition with only the most trivial wear at the spine ends and corners. Inscribed by the author on the front end paper: "For Rachel, hello! Maurice Sendak | Dec. '70." A nice, early inscription; we could find no other copies currently on the market dated in the year of publication.
Laid into this copy is the publisher's promotional brochure announcing Sendak's receipt of the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Award and listing his other works currently available for purchase. "Called 'the Picasso of children's books' by Time magazine... The New York Times described Mr. Sendak as 'a fantasist in the great tradition of Sir John Tenniel and Edward Lear.'" (Publisher's promotional brochure). Hanraham A75. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #1171)