The Swann Gallery in New York is holding a large auction of 20th century illustrations that features the works of Maurice Sendak. There are many books by Sendak and those he illustrated, some original sketches, signed books and a first edition of "Where the Wild Things Are," with an inscription that includes a drawing of one of his Wild Thing monsters.
"Dear Reed -- This certainly looks like a first edition -- it has all the wrong colors in the right places!" Sendak wrote beside the figure of a dancing Wild Thing. His inscription and signature follow.
Swann Galleries said the first edition of "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963, was printed with incorrect colors -- they were "off register" -- an error that was corrected in subsequent printings of the book. This signed first edition is listed at $10,000 to $15,000.
An even more valuable work up for auction is a single watercolor painting by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss). "Two Llamas in Peru," framed so pencil drawings on the back can also be seen, is estimated to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.
Other works in the auction include a number of books by Edward Gorey, illustrations by
The auction includes an original 1940 New Yorker cover illustration by James Thurber, signed and in color; "Rites of Spring" features abstractly drawn figures frolicking naked. It includes illustrations by New Yorker regulars Addams, Arno and Al Hirschfeld. (The New Yorker's book blog Page-Turner was where we learned about the auction).
Hirschfeld's "The Counter Culture at Zabar's," listed at $8,000 to $12,000, is a slice of New York intellectual life; it features caricatures of Dwight MacDonald,
There are also some newspaper comics in the auction: original pen-and-ink drawings of the strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp, "Popeye" by Tom Sims and Bill Zaboly, and Charles Schultz's "Peanuts." The 1953 "Peanuts" strip features