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THE CAT IN THE HAT. [Children.] [First Edition.] by  Theodore]  Dr. [GEISEL - First Edition, First Printing - 1957 - from Merchants Rare Books (SKU: 2305)

THE CAT IN THE HAT. [Children.] [First Edition.]

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THE CAT IN THE HAT. [Children.] [First Edition.]

by SEUSS, Dr. [GEISEL, Theodore]

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New York: Random House, 1957. First Edition, First Printing. First Printing of both the book and dust jacket. First Printing of the book: copyrighted 1957, matte finish (not laminated), single signature (page gathering). In the rare first printing dust jacket: with the price "200/200" on the front flap, and with no mention of the "Beginner Books" series on the rear panel. Albeit being the rare First Printing, this copy is only in fair to good condition, and is consistent with that book grade. There is substantial generalized usage wear. Book is complete, just suffering from generalized wear. No previous signs of ownership, aside from the small bookseller bookplate of The Little Acorn Books and Gifts. Hinges are attached, rear hinge starting, internal paper with some separation, hinges very shaken. External rubs and abrasion. The dust jacket is severely creased and abraded, with a 5 inch closed tear. The dust jacket is laminated (unlike the book) so is fairly durable despite it's exposure. Main point of wear is the chip at the base of the front cover of the dust jacket, as shown. This is the first printing jacket with the 200 price still present on the flap. Although showing significant usage wear, this is the rare First Printing, with the additional benefit of currently being the most affordable copy available online. “A turning point, not only in the career of Dr. Seuss but in the reading habits of American children, occurred in the late 1950’s. Inspired by a thoughtful article by John Hersey in Life magazine, entitled ‘Why do Students Bog Down on the First R?,’ Seuss began to address the problem, which has since entered the popular parlance as the why-Johnny-can’t-read syndrome. Hersey’s contention was that the schools were filled with ‘pallid primers’ such as Fun with Dick and Jane, featuring ‘abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls,’ that real children found them uninspiring, and that many bookstores displayed more attractive alternatives, the ‘jaunty juveniles’ with ‘strange and wonderful animals and children who behave naturally, i.e., sometimes misbehave.’ Seuss’ answer was The Cat in the Hat. By enhancing everyday situations with irresistible imaginary characters and telling the tales with cleverly rhymed, easily recognizable words, Seuss gave control of learning to read back to children, while providing wit, charm, comic verse, and a surprise on every page. The Cat in the Hat was so successful that Random House, publisher of all the Dr. Seuss books since 1937, created a special division, Beginner Books, with the Cat in the Hat as the logo and Dr. Seuss as president of the division” (Dr. Seuss from Then to Now, 45). “This extraordinary writer has done more to foster literacy in children than most because he manages to combine lunacy with sanity, fun with learning, and quality with exuberant readability” (Joseph Connolly). First edition, with 200/200 on the inside flap of dust jacket and all other first edition points. (Younger & Hirsch 7). All books are professionally wrapped, to help ensure safe handling during transit. We regularly ship internationally. And, we offer a full refund guarantee, per our terms as described on our site, with notification of such intent requested. Additional photographs are available. Please contact us with any inquiries.


The Cat in the Hat is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, featuring a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white striped hat, and a bowtie. He also carries an umbrella. With the series of Beginner Books that The Cat inaugurated, Seuss promoted both his name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.


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THE CAT IN THE HAT. [Children.] [First Edition.]
SEUSS, Dr. [GEISEL, Theodore]
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Random House
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About Merchants Rare Books

Merchants Rare Books, established in 2003, buys and sells rare and antiquarian books, with an emphasis on first editions and fine antiquarian sets from the 17th - 19th centuries.


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