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The Cat In the Hat

By Seuss, Dr




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.

SEUSS, Dr.

New York: Random House,, 1957. Small quarto. Original non-laminated pictorial paper-covered boards. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a turquoise full morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery with an onlay of The Cat in the Hat to the front Illustrated throughout by the author in two colours. An excellent copy in the jacket that is just a little rubbed at the extremities. First edition, first printing, first issue, with the price code on the jacket 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues. Inscribed by Dr. Seuss on verso of front endpaper, "for Brent, best wishes, Dr. Seuss.

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$20,352.00

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Cat in the Hat

SEUSS Dr.

1957. First Edition . Signed. SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. New York: Random House, (1957). Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $16,500.First edition of this rare and important children’s classic, “a turning point… in the career of Dr. Seuss… [and] in the reading habits of American children,” inscribed by the acclaimed author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “for ANDY, Dr. Seuss.”""A turning point, not only in the career of Dr. Seuss but in the reading habits of American children, occurred in the late 1950s. 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. Interior generally clean, slight toning to spine and light rubbing to joints and edges; light embrowning to edges of rear board. Bright dust jacket lightly rubbed with mild soiling to rear panel. A bright, exceptionally nice copy, elusive and desirable inscribed by Seuss.

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$16,500.00

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The Cat in the Hat.

Seuss, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]

New York: Random House, 1957. First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss' classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. Inscribed by the author, "For Ruth Dr. Seuss." Fine in an excellent dust jacket with light wear. All issue points present: price of 200/200 on the dust jacket, no mention of the "Beginner Books" series on the rear panel, and has four paragraphs of educator's reviews on rear panel. Book contains a single signature and 61 pages with a message on final page before end paper contained in an outline of the cat's hat & head. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example. "A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." "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).

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$14,000.00

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr. [Original Artwork]

c. 1960-80. Original artwork in red and black felt tip. Approx. 10 1/2 x 8 inches. A fine shoulder length drawing of the Cat signed Best wishes from Dr. Seuss. Mounted, glazed and framed In excellent condition.

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$13,228.80

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CAT IN THE HAT

SEUSS, DR

SEUSS, DR.. SEUSS,DR. THE CAT IN THE HAT. NY: Random Hse. (1957). 8vo, flat paper over boards (not glazed paper), 61p., small old offset marks on endpapers and name erased from free endpaper else near fine in VG dust wrapper that has some fraying at spine ends. 1st edition of Seuss's first reader (correct binding paper) in dust wrapper with price. Illustrated in bright color throughout. The importance of this book cannot be overstated. In addition to becoming a household name, the Cat In The Hat is extremely important in the history of education and children's literature. At the same time that it was amusing, it was bringing the basic concepts of reading to tens of thousands of little children who were learning without being "taught". It was a marked departure from the boring Dick and Jane type reader. The challenge of writing an entire book using only 220 different words and making the book enjoyable was enormous. Teachers began to use this book in their classrooms and it was not long before the Cat In The Hat became an American icon. First editions of this title are extremely scarce.

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$6,000.00

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CAT IN THE HAT

SEUSS, DR

SEUSS, DR.. SEUSS,DR. THE CAT IN THE HAT. NY:Random Hse. (1957). 8vo, flat paper over boards (not glazed paper), 61p., Fine in dw with price intact (dw has small paper restoration on spine, some soil, closed tear and fraying). 1st edition of Seuss's first reader (correct binding paper and price). The original price of this book is the cause of considerable confusion. This first reader was originally published at $2.00. When the publishers decided to make a series of beginning readers, they priced all of them at $1.95 and lowered the price of this title to conform, thus the price of this book went down instead of up as time went by. Illustrated in bright color throughout. In addition to becoming a household name, the Cat In The Hat is extremely important in the history of education and children's literature. At the same time that it was amusing, it was bringing the basic concepts of reading to tens of thousands of little children who were learning without being "taught". It was a marked departure from the boring Dick and Jane type reader. The challenge of writing an entire book using only 220 different words and making the book enjoyable was enormous. Teachers began to use this book in their classrooms and it was not long before the Cat In The Hat became an American icon. First editions of this title are extremely scarce.

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$5,500.00

THE CAT IN THE HAT

Seuss, Dr.

NY: Random House, 1957. First Edition. Hard Cover. Collectible Very Good/Good. yes. RARE Signed by author "FOR ALAN" with his noted wiggly line. Nice clean book with no marks OR PAGE TEARS. DJ in nice condition with some edge chaffing and a small tear to top edge. 195/195 on DJ flap. FREE upgrade to Priority Mail with Insurance

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$4,999.96

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THE CAT IN THE HAT

SEUSS. DR

Random House. New York.,1957. FIRST EDITION. 1st issue, with price of 200/200 on the dustwrapper and boards not laminated. Large 8vo.(9.3 x 6.9 inches). Illustrated in full colour throughout. A Very good, clean and tight copy with some minor bumping to the spine ends. In a very good full colour dustwrapper, with one closed tear, without loss, to the top front panel and small and light stain to the bottom inch of the outer corners. Overall a very good copy of this classic. Housed in a blue cloth-covered solander box with a black morocco label, lettered in gilt, to the spine.:.

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$4,748.80

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr.

New York: Random House, Inc.,, 1957. Octavo. Original pictorial blue boards, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. A little rubbed to extremities, occasional light offsetting from illustrations. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with wear to the ends of the spine panel. First edition, first issue, with the price listed on the dust jacket as 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues.

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$4,409.60

The Cat in the Hat

Dr.Seuss

Random House, 1957. Book. Fine. Decorative Cloth. Presentation By Author. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Fine copy in a very good jacket.195/195 on flap.Glossy boards(Third Issue). Presentation Copy."For David Dr.Seuss."on front coner end paper.Guarantee.Extremely Rare Signed in First Edition.Nice Copy..

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$4,000.00

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr. [pseud. of GEISEL, Theodor Seuss] (1904-1991).

New York: Random House, 1957.. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Bound in publisher's pictorial boards, in a vivid blue dustjacket. Some wear to extremities, corners lightly bumped, very light discolouration to front board. Textblock exceptionally clean and bright throughout. Dustjacket a little frayed to extremities, some creases and closed tears, panels unmarked. Pencil inscription reading 'Anne May' to front pastedown, otherwise minimally used. Most impressively, the dustjacket is not price clipped, and retains the original $2 price (as 200/200) at corner. A very good copy of a rare book. See two siblings caught between the demands of a sensible goldfish, and irresponsible giant cat.

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$3,731.20

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr.

New York: Random House, Inc.,, 1957. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in turquoise morocco, titles to spine blocked in white, pictorial onlay to the front board after the original front cover, twin rule to turn-ins in white, red endpapers with the originals bound in, silver edges. A fine copy. First edition, first issue.

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$3,731.20

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr.

New York: Random House, Inc.,, 1957. Octavo. Original pictorial blue boards, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. A little rubbed to extremities, an excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with wear to the ends of the spine, light creasing to front panell edges. First edition, first issue, with the price listed on the dust jacket as 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues.

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$3,731.20

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CAT IN THE HAT

SEUSS, DR

SEUSS, DR.. SEUSS,DR. THE CAT IN THE HAT. NY:Random Hse. (1957). 8vo, flat paper over boards (not glazed paper), 61p., slightest of rubbing on edges else fine in sl. frayed dw that is not price clipped but never had a printed price, however it is inscribed by the original owner June 1957 and this title was issued in the Spring of 1957! The original price of this book is the cause of considerable confusion. This first reader was originally published at $2.00. When the publishers decided to make a series of beginning readers, they priced all of them at $1.95 and lowered the price of this title to conform, thus the price of this book went down instead of up as time went by. However there are copies like this one with no printed price at all that were issued after the 200/200 price but before the 195/195 price. They are considered first editions, later issues, Illustrated in bright color throughout. The importance of this book cannot be overstated. In addition to becoming a household name, the Cat In The Hat is extremely important in the history of education and children's literature. At the same time that it was amusing, it was bringing the basic concepts of reading to tens of thousands of little children who were learning without being "taught". It was a marked departure from the boring Dick and Jane type reader. The challenge of writing an entire book using only 220 different words and making the book enjoyable was enormous. Teachers began to use this book in their classrooms and it was not long before the Cat In The Hat became an American icon. First editions of this title are extremely scarce.

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$3,500.00

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The Cat in the Hat.

SEUSS, Dr.

New York: Random House, 1957.. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Publisher's pictorial boards, wear to extremities, corners lightly bumped, in similar dustwrapper, with some nicks and tears, rubbed to spine. Internally clean and bright. A very good copy of a rare book.

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$3,052.80

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CAT IN THE HAT

SEUSS, DR

SEUSS, DR.. SEUSS,DR. THE CAT IN THE HAT. NY:Random Hse. (1957). 8vo, flat paper over boards (not glazed paper), 61p., spine extrems and tips worn else VG in dust wrapper. 1st edition of Seuss's first reader, first state of the book in second state dust wrapper issued with no printed price at all. The original price of this book was the cause of considerable confusion and from our research, the sequence appears to be as follows: The first reader was originally published at $2.00. It was so successful that the publisher decided to make a series of beginning readers. They planned to bind the books in glazed paper instead of flat paper. Before the next title was ready, they used the remaining sheets of the first printing and bound them using the remaining flat paper for the cover. Unsure about how to price the series, they printed additional dust wrappers identical to those on the first printing except these had no price at all. When the second title in the Beginner Book series came out, the cover was glazed paper and the Cat In The Hat folllowed suit. The price of 195/195 was settled on and then the wrapper text and book covers were changed completely to reflect the series. Therefore, it is safe to assume that all copies of the Cat in the Hat bound in flat paper are first states. Those with 200/200 price on the dust wrappers are first states of both the book and the dust wrapper. Those copies in flat paper with no printed price at all on the wrapper (the copy offered here) are first states of the book in second state dust wrappers. The importance of this book cannot be overstated. Illustrated in bright color throughout. The importance of this book cannot be overstated. In addition to becoming a household name, the Cat In The Hat is extremely important in the history of education and children's literature. At the same time that it was amusing, it was bringing the basic concepts of reading to tens of thousands of little children who were learning without being "taught". It was a marked departure from the boring Dick and Jane type reader. The challenge of writing an entire book using only 220 different words and making the book enjoyable was enormous. Teachers began to use this book in their classrooms and it was not long before the Cat In The Hat became an American icon. Younger / Hirsch 7.2

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$2,750.00

The Cat in the Hat.

Seuss, Dr.

Random House, 1957. First edition, first issue with 200/200 on front jacket flap and mat finish on boards., 1957.. First edition, first issue with 200/200 on front jacket flap and mat finish on boards.. Small inked name on verso of front free endpaper, light erasure to upper corner of front free endpaper, small inked name and address to front pastedown, edges rubbed with color loss and tiny tear to upper spine, overall very good with joints firm in complete, unclipped dust jacket with some light rubbing, mild soiling to rear panel, shallow chipping to spine tips and light general edgewear. A presentable copy.. Color illus. by Dr. Seuss.. Younger & Hirsch, 7.

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$2,750.00

THE CAT IN THE HAT.

Seuss, Dr.

1957. 2. Seuss, Dr. THE CAT IN THE HAT. New York: Random House, 1957. 61p., color illus matte boards, illus, dust jacket, name in ink on front paste down, light wear to corners and spine edges, binding tight, jacket lightly rubbed along folds, minor soiling to rear dust jacket, overall vg+ in vg+ dust jacket. First edition, first issue. See Younger and Hirsch, p26. Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was a prolific author of children's books.

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$2,587.50

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The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss

Random House, 1957. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Random House, New York 1957. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Dated 1957 with no additional printings. Single signature binding. Unglazed boards. Illustrated boards. 200/200 dust jacket price. {ref: Younger and Hirsch 7, Zielinski}.Book Condition: Near Fine, superior copy, shelf wear, light spots. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, short tears.

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$2,502.50

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The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss

New York: Random House, 1957. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +/Very Good. Hardcover in dust jacket. First issue of first printing of first edition. Book is crisp and clean and solidly bound in matte pictorial boards. Light wear along bottom edges and at corners. Former owner's name on blank side of front free endpage (not on the side that depicts the Cat in the Hat). Pages, bound in a single section, are bright and fresh. Dust jacket is price-clipped, and there is a crease down the front. The rear flap is missing the top half, and there is the faded name of the former owner at the top, above "cat." Otherwise the jacket is clean and intact, with the proper points. 61 numbered pages plus one page of editorial matter fitted into the outline of a cat in a hat. 8vo. In protective Mylar. A handsome copy of a landmark book.

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$2,500.00