McElligot's Pool


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McElligot's Pool


SEUSS, Dr. McElligot’s Pool. New York: Random House, (1947). Quarto, original light blue-green boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.

Scarce first edition of Dr. Seuss’ homage to the ol’ fishing hole.

“After a seven-year hiatus, Seuss allied himself again with Random House… Ted had spent five years creating aquatic advertisements, seafaring sculptures, briny boating booklets and all manner of marine mayhem. As he sought out his comfortable submarine world, he also summoned back the protagonist from his first book [And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street]. Marco’s fertile mind was the perfect one to ponder a pond and wonder what might lurk beneath…” (Cohen, 296). Geisel dedicated this, his first book after leaving the Army and his fifth overall, to his father, the Superintendent of Parks in the Giesel’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. The book garnered Seuss a nomination for the Caldecott Medal in 1948; “a vote of confidence from the readers themselves was also given to McElligot’s Pool when it won a Young Reader’s Choice Award” (Cohen, 359). Binding is variant b, with opened-mouth fish on front cover, lettering on spine and seven-line copyright statement. Younger & Hirsch 53. Small bookseller’s ticket.

Interior with light soiling and faint dampstaining, abrasion to page [50] affecting image of the Thing-a-Ma-Jigger. Boards lightly soiled, slightly bowed. Dust jacket with both panels price-clipped; mild loss to spine ends, light rubbing to edges, colors bright. A very good copy of an elusive Seuss first edition.

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