Sendak's hero Mickey falls through the dark into the Night Kitchen where three fat bakers are making the morning cake. So begins an intoxicating dream fantasy, described by the artist himself as 'a fantasy ten feet deep in reality'.Sendak's hero Mickey falls through the dark into the Night Kitchen where three fat bakers are making the morning cake. So begins an intoxicating dream fantasy, described by the artist himself as 'a fantasy ten feet deep in reality'.Read Less
First edition with all points on book and jacket. Oblong quarto. Foxing to the cloth boards, very good in a rubbed, about very good dustwrapper with shallow chipping at the spine ends. Signed by the author. See this book in 3D on our site.
Fine in Fine jacket. Original publisher's linen boards with pictorial cover label. An unread, Fine copy of the book. Original dust jacket with price of $4.95 intact and no Caldecott Medal sticker affixed to the jacket. Jacket also in Fine condition with only the most trivial wear at the spine ends and corners. Inscribed by the author on the front end paper: "For Rachel, hello! Maurice Sendak | Dec. '70." A nice, early inscription; we could find no other copies currently on the market dated in the year of publication. Laid into this copy is the publisher's promotional brochure announcing Sendak's receipt of the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Award and listing his other works currently available for purchase. "Called 'the Picasso of children's books' by Time magazine...The New York Times described Mr. Sendak as 'a fantasist in the great tradition of Sir John Tenniel and Edward Lear. '" (Publisher's promotional brochure). Hanraham A75. Fine in Fine. dust jacket.
all sheets are in very good to nearly fine condition. they have been rolled and have minor wrinkling at the extremities. sheet two is a little browned in one patch at the rear. Six publisher's proof sheets. each sheet is finished in the soft manner of the finished book except for the fifth sheet, which has a shiny finish. the finished book has forty unnumbered pages. considering the first with the button as page one, the double page title page as numbers two and three, etc, and the last page, "And that's why..." as page forty. the first proof sheet [23-1/2" x 35-1/2"] has pages 2, 15, 14, 3 and upside down at the top pages 6, 10, 11, and 7. it is printed on one side only. the second sheet [23-1/2" x 35-1/2"] has pages 28, 37, 40, 20 and upside down pages 6, 10, 11, and 7. the back of the second sheet has pages 26, 39, 38, 27 and upsidedown, 30, 35, 34, and 31. sheet three [23-1/2" x 35-1/2"] has pages 18, 23, 24, 21 and upside down pages 20, 21, 22, and 19. sheet four [25" x 36"] has pages 16, 17, 14, 14 and on top [not upsidedown] 20, 21, 30, and 31. sheet [25" x 36"] five has the d.j. panels, page 40, page 1, the dedication, the front flap copy, and on top [not upside down] pages 36, 37, 18, and 19. sheet six [70-1/2" x 49"] has four rows of eight panels, pages 38, 3, 2, 29, 40, 1, 4, and 37. sheet six is printed in black and white only. the reverse of sheet six is the same as the front. [Hanrahan A75]
Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author First edition, first printing. Illustrated by the author. Signed by Sendak on the title page. Original publisher's cloth, first issue dust jacket. An excellent copy with a former owner gift inscription to front endpaper; in a very bright jacket with only very minor wear and rubbing to the extremities, and without the Caldecott Medal to the front panel (presumably an earlier printing prior to receiving the award the following year). Overall, a near fine copy. In the Night Kitchen is a popular children's book that has been the subject of much controversy due to the main character's pervasive nudity. The story tells of a young boy named Mickey who dreams that he ventures to the "Night Kitchen" where giant bakers make morning bread. During his fantastical dream, Mickey falls and almost becomes baked into the bread, then builds a plane out of dough to get the milk necessary to complete the baking. Although their plots are similar, In the Night Kitchen has quite different illustrations than the author's iconic Where the Wild Things Are. Both employ dream-like color schemes, but the former's illustrations have none of the latter's distinctive cross-hatching. Regardless of its artistic and literary qualities, many schools and libraries took issue with Mickey's nudity, in some cases going so far as to cut out or color over his private parts. In a 1986 interview with NPR, Sendak explained his decision to draw Mickey without clothes: "I didn't set out to cause a scandal. I set out to do a very particular work where he had to be naked in order to confront a particular dream he was in. You don't go into a dream wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear or PJs. You go tutto. You go yourself, your being, and that's why he was naked, and it was idiocy. It was incredible idiocy what went on over that book for many, many years about Mickey being naked." Although it is still one of the most frequently challenged books today, In the Night Kitchen remains a popular and acclaimed piece of children's literature.
First edition. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with the correct code. The Caledecott medal is adhered to the front panel. A nice copy, rather uncommon signed. Having received nine awards, The Night Kitchen's popularity is evident, but so is its controversy. When three-year-old protagonist Mickey enters the Night Kitchen, he loses his pajamas and is fully naked in some parts of the story. Some critics have objected to Mickey's nudity, which is fully depicted, and others have interpreted sexual innuendo in the proceeding events. Consequently, the book's release in the United States sparked debate, with the inclusion of child nudity frequently noted as morally problematic. The book has been ranked 25th place on the "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000" list by the American Library Association.
First edition. Meets all of Hanrahan's points. INSCRIBED, "For----With best wishes Maurice Sendak Feb. 1971." This "Banned Book" is ranked 25th by the American Library Association on its "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000" list. Fine in dust jacket showing only minor wear on corners and spine ends.
Maurice Sendak. Fine in about Fine dustwrapper. Tall quarto. With all of the proper points for the dustwrapper except the price (which has been clipped and replaced with a $10.95 sticker). Also the Caldecott Honor Medal is present on the front panel but that may indicate only that this copy remained unreleased to the public when the award was given. INSCRIBED for David and SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author.  p. : col. illus.; 29 cm. Includes Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. Signed first edition. Caldecott medal on DJ front. Priced @ 5.95, 1070 date inside dj front cover. edgeworn corners. Small scrape on front. Photos available.
Fine in Very Good jacket. Linen, with full-color illustration mounted to upper board; full-color illustrated dust jacket. Signed by Sendak on the half-title page. Book is fine, appearing new. Dust jacket lightly scuffed along the edges, with tiny chips at spine tips and corners; closed tear and some light soiling on rear panel. So, it's not the prettiest copy in the world, and it's price-clipped, but issue points established nonetheless: "1070" printed at bottom corner of front flap; back flap lists 7 "OTHER BOOKS / BY / MAURICE SENDAK / WINNER OF THE / HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN / AWARD"; and no Caldecott Medal.
Very good in good dust jacket. Price clipped. Signed by author. Bookplate signed by author on half-title page. Undated; Caldecott medal imprinted on dust jacket; "1070" on lower edge of flap. Book clean, unmarked; dust jacket edgeworn with small tears...  p. : col. illus.; 29 cm. Includes Illustrations. Juvenile reading level.
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