New York, NY, U.S.A. HarperCollins, 1995. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. First Edition. Cloth. Fine / Fine in Archival Plastic Cover. Item #1295
A handsomely bound First Edition (so stated) signed for Parrish Books by the late Maurice Sendak on the half-title page on February 1, 2004 at his home in Connecticut. This Kraken edition represents the text that Herman Melville submitted to the Harper & Brothers publishers in 1852 but which they were hesitant to publish because of the bad reviews being given to "Moby Dick." It took Melville scholar Hershel Parker and Maurice Sendak, long a Melville fan, to bring this edition to light. Sendak told us that it was his goal to ensure that Melville's "other" work received the attention that Melville as an author deserved.
In fine dark red cloth with a fine dark green colorful dustjacket, the Sendak illustrations are disturbing but superb. Protected by an archival dustjacket.
Maurice Sendak has been awarded countless awards for illustration of children's books, including the Caldecott Medal, 1964 (for Where the Wild Things Are); Hans Christian Andersen International Medal, 1970; Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, 1983; Jewish Cultural Achievement Award, 1988; National Medal of Arts, 1996.
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