New York: Viking Press, 1988. Quarto, measuring 10 x 7.75 inches: . Original color pictorial paper boards, yellow pictorial endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations throughout text. Signed by Maira Kalman with a sketch on the title page.
Signed first edition, later printing, of this series of vibrantly illustrated bedtime stories that slide, imperceptibly, into the language and logic of dreams. Recounted by Lulu to Alexander (the names of Kalman’s own children), the stories include the first appearance of Max Stravinsky, the dog poet, a character who would star in a number of picture books by Kalman over the decade to come: “Max wanted to live in Paris and be a poet. In the evening, Max would tiptoe down the hall, with a suitcase, trying to sneak out of the house. Ida would say to Morris, ‘Quick, Morris, catch the dog.’” A bright fine copy of an early Kalman title, very scarce signed.