New York: Harper & Row, 1963. First edition. A lovely copy of Sendak's most famous work. Book in Near Fine condition having been protected by it's original dust jacket. A few little finger smudges to margins of the pages, otherwise a clean, attractive copy. In a Near Fine dust jacket with some overall age toning, most noticeably at the spine. A small chip at the base of the spine and marginal wear at the crown. In all a copy that is far above average. With all issue points on both the book and dust jacket for the true first.
One of the most famous and most beloved children’s picture books of all time. Where The Wild Things Are was first published in 1963 – it would win the Caldecott Medal the next year -- and follows the adventures of the troublemaking Max, who after being sent to bed without dinner, ends up on a mysterious jungle island with the “wild things” of the title. Sendak was originally just an illustrator but soon decided to write his own books as well. Interestingly, Where the Wild Things Are was originally supposed to depict the story of a child who escaped to a land filled with horses but because Sendak couldn’t draw horses well, he changed the animals to “Wild Things.” The book was voted by readers of the School Library Journal the number one picture book of all time in 2012. “Mr. Sendak has gone from strength to strength…His illustrations for Where The Wild Things Are in which a child manages to control the terrifying grotesques summoned by his imagination, are already classics” (Contemporary New York Times Review of a Sendak Exhibition). Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4578)