Sendak, Maurice. Hard Cover. [New York]: Harper and Row, 1963. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by the author. First edition, first printing, with the Library of Congress number 63-21253; in a first issue dust jacket, priced $3.50, with no mention of the Caldecott award, with codes 40-80 and 1163, three blurbs each to the front and back panels. Inscribed by Sendak to book designer Janet Anderson on the half-title: "For Janet Anderson / Maurice Sendak / 4/15/82". Publisher's pictorial white boards and gray cloth, illustrated with Sendak's wraparound drawing of a wild thing, his habitat, and Max's boat, lettered in black, pictorial endpapers; original pictorial dust jacket illustrated after the binding. Near fine, with some minor wear from a removed bookplate to the front pastedown, bright boards, clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with some light toning to the spine and panel edges, a few minor nicks to the spine ends, short closed tear to the top edge of the front panel (not affecting the title lettering), a few faint smudges to the otherwise bright panels. Overall, a very attractive and clean copy, with the Newcomb Hall Bookstore of University of Virginia's autograph slip laid in. Hanrahan A58. The winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal, Where the Wild Things Are is Maurice Sendak's iconic children's book about a young boy who is sent to bed without supper and imagines himself in a fantasy jungle world where he is the king of the ferocious "wild things." A very personal book, the story is based on Sendak's childhood; the idea of "wild things" came from the Yiddish term "vilde chaya" or "wild animal" that was popular with his mother, the wild things themselves were based on his aunts and uncles, and the experience of being sent to bed without supper for being a "vilde chaya" was one that Sendak knew well. Although the book was initially criticized for its dark undertones, Sendak's keen ability to connect with the emotions and dreams experienced by children worldwide, paired with his exquisite illustrations, make this book a timeless classic.