RARE EARLY SENDAK
SENDAK, Maurice (author and illustrator). Very Far Away. New York; Harper & Brothers. .
Square 8vo. Original mid green cloth pictorially blocked to upper board with a cat design and lettered in black, mint green endpapers, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 54 + [iii]; with pictorial title-page on a pink ground, 22 tinted plates on rectos, 2 illustrated introductory pages, and other decorations throughout, all by Sendak; externally near fine with slight rubbing to spine ends, internally very fresh and uninscribed, with 3 or 4 minor and unobtrusive wrinkles, protected by an excellent example of the scarce, unclipped dustwrapper ($2.00) with a youthful photographic portrait of Sendak to lower panel, the jacket with minor dusting and rubbing, 4 tiny nicks to spine ends, and a short crease to upper joint; very scarce indeed.
First edition, first printing, conforming to all points in Hanrahan Works of Maurice Sendak 1947-1994. Very Far Away is only the second book to be both written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak following Kenny's Window (1956). Its subject is childhood imagination and juvenile feelings of isolation and, in that regard, it bears similarities with Sendak's master work Where The Wild Things Are, published 6 years later. A young boy has to cope with insecurities and lack of attention with the arrival of new baby sibling and, in frustration, goes out searching for 'very far away',