"AND THE TURTLES, OF COURSE… ALL THE TURTLES ARE FREE AS TURTLES AND, MAYBE, ALL CREATURES SHOULD BE"
SEUSS, Dr. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. New York: Random House, (1958). Slim quarto, original pictorial green paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.
First collected edition of three of Seuss' most memorable moral fables.
"It is interesting to watch the progression of stacking turtles in [Seuss'] work over a nearly 25-year period… He began stacking them in May 1928 and repeated that image through the next two decades" (Cohen, 307), culminating in this volume's title story, a gentle but pointed parable about justice and social equality. The book also collects "Gertrude McFuzz" and "The Big Brag"; as the dust jacket states, "Thousands of people who read these three great Dr. Seuss fables in Redbook Magazine have written and begged us to print them in book form. So here they are." Younger & Hirsch 82.
Book about-fine, with just a hint of dust soiling to interior board edges; dust jacket bright minor rubs to extremities and faint smudging at edges, near-fine.