Where the Wild Things Are – First Edition Points

where the things areMaurice Sendak died May 2011.  The latest sale of a true first edition of Where the Wild Things Are was on Abebooks.com sold for $25,000. This is the third highest sale for Abebooks ever.

First edition points:

1) Harper & Row, 1963

2) the LOC number on book’s title page.

3) dust jacket issue price $3.50

4)  no mention of Caldecott winner on dust jacket

5)  dust jacket content as follows below


[…]…with the proper text on the jacket flaps, as described by Joyce Hanrahan: “…a three paragraph blurb on the book, and at the bottom, `Harper & Row, Publishers/ 40-80/ 1163.’ The first paragraph is 6 lines long and reads, `Maurice Sendak author-artist of the NUTSHELL LIBRARY… has written and illustrated a picture book little children will love.’ The second, also 6 lines, reads`Max, sent to his room… his adventures… form a unique an unforgettible experience.’ The third, only five lines, reads, `Every child will recognized Max’s feelings and his fantasy. And they, as well as adults, will revel in the rich, glorious pictures painted only as Sendak could paint them.’ The inside rear flap of the dust jacket has a three paragraph blurb on Sendak. The first one, six lines long, begins and ends, `Maurice Sendak is considered to be one of the finest… and THE SIGN ON ROSE’S DOOR.’ The second paragraph, 8 lines long, begins and ends, `Among the books he has illustrated… Hans Christian Andersen awards.’ The third paragraph reads `Maurice Sendak was born and grew up on Brooklyn, New York. He now lives in Greenwich Village.'” The AIGA called this “the perfect book.” Hanrahan A58. […]



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