Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Maurice Sendak Signed Poster Entitled "Freedom to Read." Signed by Sendak at the lower right of the illustration. Measures 21.5 x 30 inches. Fine.

    More Information:

    This wonderful poster was issued by the American Booksellers Association to develop awareness about book censorship, and to aid the ABA's Legal Defense Fund. The central image depicts Mickey from In the Night Kitchen, which was partially banned because of its frontal nudity, along with many other famously censored books represented in text within the illustration. Two versions of the poster were issued: a limited edition of 275 copies signed only by Sendak and a deluxe version limited to 90 copies (of which this present example is #79) signed by Sendak and approximately 40 additional writers, artists, newspersons, actors, and more, all victims of censorship during their careers. Some of the other signatures include: Jeffrey Archer, Harlan Ellison, Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Blum, Beth Henley, Barry Moser, Dan Rather, Neil Simon, Gloria Steinem, Garry Trudeau, Chris Van Allsburg, David Weisner, Robin Williams, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Sayles. A truly rare display item for all enemies of censorship. Fine condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2009
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,194

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 October 24 Estate of John Steinbeck Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential &  Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    REALIZED $745,438