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Where the Wild Things Are
. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. First edition, inscribed by Sendak in the year of publication and with a small drawing. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards in the first issue dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott Medal, three paragraphs of blurbs on the front and rear flaps, the 40-80/1163 code on the front flap and the $3.50 price. 9 x 10 inches (22.5 x 25.4 cm); unpaginated. The jacket spine perished, the jacket panels toned and with short tears and small losses, the boards lightly shelfworn.
First edition copies of Where the Wild Things Are with publication year inscriptions are extremely scarce on the market. The present copy has a small signed original drawing of a "Wild Thing" and was inscribed in December of 1963 to "Bert & Cole." Bert Slaff, Sendak's psychoanalyst, was the dedicatee of Kenny's Window in 1956 and was a longtime friend. While ABPC reports numerous signed and inscribed copies, very few date from before Where the Wild Things Are won the 1964 Caldecott Medal.

Sold for $18,750
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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