New York: Harper & Row, circa 1982. Oblong quarto, original grey cloth spine, color pictorial paper boards, color patterned endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket with Caldecott Medal affixed. Color illustrations on every page. Signed by Maurice Sendak on half-title.
Later printing of Sendak’s celebrated and controversial picture book, first published in 1963. Sendak’s fable of rebellion and escape was criticized upon publication as too confusing and scary for children, but Where The Wild Things Are appealed to its audience on a primal level, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Fifty years later, it remains a bestseller, and Sendak’s iconic illustrations are part of the imaginary landscape of American childhood. “‘And now,’ cried Max, ‘let the wild rumpus start!’” An exceptionally fresh, fine signed copy.