New York: Crown Publishers, 1984. First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Maurice Sendak in the year of publication on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single small closed tear. The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for over two hundred years. This beautiful book preserves the compelling vision of Hoffman's classic Christmas tale that acclaimed illustrator Maurice Sendak created for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. "A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year" (New York Times Book Review). (Inventory #: 22061)
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