Dr Seuss Cat In The Hat

Theodore Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss") - The Cat in the Hat, 1st edition in jacket

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  • Publisher:
    Random House
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  • Author:
    Theodore Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")
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    1st Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York


 The Cat in the Hat  Theodore Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")  New York: Random House, 1974
First edition, in dust jacket
 Condition: Very Good plusJacket Condition: Very Good plus

This is the first edition, first printing, in dust jacket of one of the most iconic books by one of the world's most iconic children's authors, Dr. Suess.  Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), later known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was "probably the best-loved and certainly the best-selling children's book writer of all time" (New York Times Book Review).  Geisel started out as a freelance cartoonist and then, perhaps improbably, an advertising department employee of Standard Oil, where he spent 15 years.

His first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was conceived aboard a ship returning from a European vacation with his wife, where it was the rhythm of the ship's engine that inspired the story's signature rhyme.  The bookwas rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.  Geisel's illustration style, with the addition of his signature rhymes, would become the basis for his 44 children's books.

The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, was the result of a joint venture between Houghton Mifflin and Random House. While Geisel was under contract with Random House, Houghton Mifflin approached him to write a children's book using only vocabulary from a list of 225 words for early readers. Due to his contract, Random House retained the trade publication rights while Houghton Mifflin obtained the school rights.  By all accounts, Geisel underestimated the challenge of working within the confines of the word list.  "Seuss was used to inventing words when he needed them, so to stick to a word list was a huge challenge for him," and it reportedly took him a year and a half to write the book.

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