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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings. by  Shel Silverstein - Signed First Edition - 1974 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 91344)

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings.

by Silverstein, Shel

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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974. First edition of the author's first collection of children's poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Shel Silverstein with an original poem on the front free endpapers to the children of his editor and publicist William Cole, "For Alex and Rossa and Billy, I hope that this book ain't so silly and that it will always remain in the cas[s]a (The superfluous 's' has been scribbled out with footnote "Bill Cole's Incessant Editorial Meddling") of Billy and Alex Rossa (Not a bad rhyme for three such difficult names and if you don't read Spanish, Learn it!) Love, Shel Silverstein." American editor and anthologist William Rossa Cole edited over 50 anthologies of verse for children and adults throughout his career which included tenures at Knopf, Simon & Schuster and Viking, where he had his own imprint. He is thanked by Silverstein at the end of Where the Sidewalk Ends "for his continued encouragement" and many of Silverstein's poems made their first appearance at Cole's solicitation. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy. The poems, ranging from serious to silly, from philosophical to ridiculous, allow the reader or listener— the rhyme and rhythm of these nonsensical poems make them perfect for reading aloud— to discover Silverstein’s greatest gift: his ability to understand the fears and wishes and silliness of children" (Silvey, 602).


Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of children's poetry written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. The book's poems address many common childhood concerns as well as purely fanciful stories that can easily entertain kids and adults alike. Where the Sidewalk Ends has been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide. The book received the New York Times’ Outstanding Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book as well as one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Parent & Child magazine. Note: Recited, sung and shouted by Shel Silverstein himself, the audio edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends was originally released on cassette in 1983 and won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Recording For Children. 

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings.
Silverstein, Shel
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Harper & Row, Publishers
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New York
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Shel Silverstein Signed First Edition, Where the Sidewalk Ends First Edition, Where the Sidewalk Ends Signed First Edition
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Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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Association copy
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Copyright page
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clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with... [More]
The term quarto is used to describe a page or book size. A printed sheet is made with four pages of text on each side, and the... [More]
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First Edition
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