1963. [New York]: Harper & Row, Publishers, [after 1963].
Oblong 8vo (228 256 mm),  h-t; [2–3] double-spread col. pr. pictorial t-p, [4–40] pp. Offset color-printed throughout from the author’s watercolors with letterpress text. Wove paper. Color printed decorative endpapers. Bound in color-printed pictorial paper boards with additional illustrations on both covers. Dust-jacket printed in color repeats binding design. A very good copy.
§ Later edition, inscribed by Sendak to Charles Mikolaycak with a drawing of a wild thing, signed and dated March 86. The illustration contains a reference to “-laes’ book plate!” written next to the drawing. On the front free endpaper is a bookplate designed by Mikolaycak for the Keene State College children’s literature festival award winner with Sendak’s printed signature. Of his early death, the New York Times noted: “Charles Mikolaycak, a distinguished illustrator of children's books and a book designer, died of cancer Wednesday in his New York City home. He was 56. In his 30-year career, Mr. Mikolaycak illustrated more than 60 books for children and hundreds of book jackets. His illustrations, often inspired by his Polish and Ukrainian heritage, were widely acclaimed for their richness of color and evocative design.” A pleasing association of two book artists. Hanrahan A58 (first edition). Item #106195