INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF DR. SEUSS’ THE BUTTER BATTLE BOOK
SEUSS, Dr. The Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House, (1984). Quarto, original orange pictorial paper boards. $1600.
First trade edition of Seuss’ provocative parable of the Cold War, inscribed with a flourish: "With Best Wishes to Brendan Hahn. Dr. Seuss."
Although this tale's inconclusive ending struck some readers as rather dark for a Dr. Seuss story, Ted Geisel himself called it "the best book I've ever written." Fueled by Geisel's passion as well as controversy both within Random House and in the media, The Butter Battle Book "soon led juvenile best-seller lists and also The New York Times Book Review fiction list… On New Year's Day of 1990 [an adaptation of] Butter Battle was televised in the Soviet Union. 'Right after that,' Ted bragged, 'the U.S.S.R. began falling apart" (Morgan, 250, 255). Issued without dust jacket. Also issued as a signed limited edition of 500 copies. Younger & Hirsch 6. Contemporary gift inscription pointing to Dr. Seuss' inscription and including "our friend, Ted" (Dr. Seuss) in the list of gift-givers.
An about-fine inscribed copy.