I WANT TO PAINT MY BATHROOM BLUE, by Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak - 1956 [1st ed., Rare]


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I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue

by Ruth Krauss

illustrated by Maurice Sendak 

First edition.  New York, Evanston and London:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1956 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Illustrated pale blue covers have a Sendak watercolor, with black ink titles.  
  • Boards show some staining at edges, scuffing, edgewear.  Corners are scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Black cloth spine without text has softened ends. 
  • Sewn binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining at gutter.  See photos. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned, has a smudge at top left edge of first story page.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1005

Unpaginated. 6.75 x 8.75 inches

A collaboration between Ruth Krauss (1901-1993), renowned author of children's literature, and Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), children's book author and illustrator.  The two had authored A Hole is to Dig (1952); with I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue they visited the theme of a child's imagined, ideal world. 

The illustrations are watercolor paintings by Sendak, rendered largely in a pastel palette.  Sendak's illustrations have a charming magic in their depiction of childhood and its joys.

This work a scarce Sendak book, particularly in the first edition. 

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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