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    Fine Art Prints and Posters Signed by Maurice Sendak

    Maurice Sendak. Three Signed Posters and Two Signed Art Prints, including: Signed Seasonal Poster for the Houston Grand Opera, 1997. Signed in ink at the lower right just below the illustration. Measures 28 x 22 inches. One short fingernail indentation on the left side, else fine. The poster reads "Houston Grand Opera The 43rd Season 1997-98" and shows a Sendak illustration depicting a scene from Madame Butterfly. Sendak designed this piece as a generic poster celebrating the HGO's entire 1997-1998 season, where Sendak premiered his own production of Hansel and Gretel. [and:] "New York Is Book Country," 1998. Signed in blue ink at lower right corner. Fine. Poster for the Book Festival on Fifth Avenue, September 27, 1998, the 20th Anniversary of this annual Manhattan street fair, and the 35th anniversary of the publication of Where the Wild Things Are. This time, Mr. Sendak borrows from his own "Literary Lunch" design where a Wild Thing sits at a table of books ready to devour them with raised knife and fork against a backdrop of a composite Manhattan skyline. Measures 19 x 28 inches. Sponsored by the New York Public Library, UPS and the book industry. A stunning Sendak display piece in fine condition. [and:] Signed Art Print: "Milk in the Batter, Milk in the Batter." 1971 Measures 14.5 x 19.25 inches. From In the Night Kitchen 1971, a double-page fine art print produced in 1971 (just one year after this Caldecott Honor Book was published), newly photographed from the original artwork, hand-signed in ink at lower right corner (one of approximately 200 copies autographed for collectors during the 1990s). Measures 14.5 x 19.25 inches. Fine condition. [and:] "New York is Book Country," 1988. Poster for the Book Festival on Fifth Avenue, 27 September 1988. Signed at lower right corner. Fine condition. [and:] Signed Poster Entitled "Maurice Sendak." Signed at the lower right above the printed name. Measures 16 x 20 inches. Fine. Printed in 1990, this gorgeous display piece was originally created in celebration of Maurice Sendak and the planned re-issue of many of his then out-of-print titles by Harper & Row. The acquisition and name change to HarperCollins delayed the project for over ten years which likewise prevented a wider distribution of this poster. Later, the poster was revised to include characters from We Are All In The Dumps and published in 2001 to celebrate Sendak's fiftieth anniversary as a children's book artist. This 1990 version, the earliest design of the poster, is quite rare. Fine condition.

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