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2 Rare Sendak Christmas Card Sketches  

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Two Suppressed Printed Christmas Card Sketches

Sendak, Maurice


Farrar Straus & Giroux



Each print is in black line on semi-stiff white card measuring 8-1/8 x 10-1/8 inches. Illustrating the artist's frustration from the publisher's delay in producing their limited signed edition of his JUNIPER TREE and Other Tales from Grimm (1973, but actually 1974): one illustrating “the true version of Hansel & Gretel”, the other “Snow White & the 7 Buggers”, both signed in the print “M. Sendak”, the 2nd also dated Sept. ’73.

A small quantity had been created for private circulation, mostly unknown until they were detailed in Boris Kachka’s 2013 history of FSG (page 209) Hothouse published in 2013. To the best of our knowledge, no copies have ever been sold privately or appeared at public auction.

Donated by Battledore, Ltd., Kingston, NY.

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