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Seuss, Dr (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
THE CAT IN THE HAT. NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE, 1957
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
212
Seuss, Dr (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
THE CAT IN THE HAT. NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE, 1957
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Seuss, Dr (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
THE CAT IN THE HAT. NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE, 1957
8vo (227 x 161mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, unlaminated pictorial boards, illustrated endpapers, DUST-JACKET (with "200/200" printed on the upper flap, and no mention of Beginner Books series on the cover or jacket), blue chemise and morocco-backed collector's slip, head and foot of spine slightly worn, dust-jacket worn at edges with annotation in red ink on lower panel
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Catalogue Note

THE TRUE FIRST EDITION OF SEUSS’ MOST POPULAR CHILDREN’S BOOK. After reading an article published in Life magazine in May 1954 bemoaning the lack of engaging books for children learning to read, Seuss was compelled to create a story which would delight young readers despite the necessary simplicity. Using only 236 words chosen from a list drawn up by his publishers, The Cat in the Hat quickly made Seuss a household name, reaching sales of nearly a million copies by 1960, and it is now one of the bestselling children’s books of all time.

Talking of the inspiration for the book's eponymous character, Seuss’ editor and lifelong friend Michael Frith explained, “The Cat in the Hat and Ted Geisel were inseparable and the same. I think there’s no question about it. This is someone who delighted in the chaos of life, who delighted in the seeming insanity of the world around him.”

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