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.