THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY DR. SEUSS
SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. (New York): Random House, (1958). Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $3500.
First edition of the further antics of Seuss’ most iconic character, inscribed by the beloved author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “For Marsha—Best wishes . . . Dr. Seuss.”
The year after Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, broke new ground in children’s books with The Cat in the Hat, he brought back the immediately popular character—with 26 little cats under his red-and-white stovepipe, not to mention the mysterious “Voom”—for a new madcap adventure. The title was the second from Beginner Books, Geisel’s own imprint at Random House; in very little time, as that line’s identifying logo, “the Cat’s image would become synonymous with learning to read” (Cohen, 324). Younger & Hirsch 11. Recipient’s fancifully illustrated bookplate.
Book fine. Dust jacket fine and bright, small pencil notation to rear panel. A beautiful, fine copy, rarely found signed or inscribed.