First edition, First printing, (pre-LOC copy) of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Published by Harper & Row in 1963. This scarce copy does not have an Library of Congress Catalog Card Number (LOC number) on the copyright page.
This is an exceptional find – an exceedingly rare pre-LOC (Library of Congress) first edition, first printing of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Published by Harper & Row in 1963, this copy stands out for not featuring the LOC Catalog Card Number on the copyright page, confirming its authenticity as a true first printing.
The absence of the LOC number is an important detail that distinguishes this copy as one of the earliest editions of this beloved children’s classic. Various authoritative sources concur with this fact, including the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA).
The copy is a testament to careful preservation over the years. All pages remain securely stitched to the hinge without any seam splits. While some surface abrasions are noticeable, as seen in the gallery images, they do not diminish the clarity of the image on the front panel. There is minor wear on the top right and bottom corners of the front and back panels, yet the pages themselves remain clean and tear-free, preserving the book’s integrity.