Schoolmaster Whackwell’s Wonderful Sons


Author: Doris Orgel

Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

[SENDAK, Maurice]. Schoolmaster Whackwell’s Wonderful Sons. A Fairy Tale by Clemens Brentano. Retold by Doris Orgel. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. NY: Random House [1962]. 8vo, 88pp. White quarter-cloth stamped in black and gold with green boards pictorially stamped in black and gold: top edge red. Pictorial endpapers; two-color illustrations throughout. Upper spine end minutely rubbed else a remarkably fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine a tad sunned).

First edition. This wonderful retelling of Brentano’s 19th century fairy tale is filled with stunning two-color illustrations by Sendak, done the year before Where the Wild Things Are. A charming tale of five brothers who set out to find their callings and reunite to save a princess.