Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) | First Editions
1904 - 1991
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes several of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. The pen name 'Dr. Seuss' was adopted during his university studies at the University of Oxford, which Geisel left in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist. In this period, he illustrated for Vanity Fair and Life. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM.
After WWII, Geisel focused on children's books, writing classics such as If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
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New York: Beginner Books, Random House, 1958. FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo.; pp. 63. Publisher's glossy pictorial boards, minor edge soiling, owner's name discreetly hidden under flap. Near Fine. In very good dustwrapper, which has small loss to the tail of spine, is rubbed and lightly creased and is chipped to extremities.
New York, Random House. 1953. First Edition, Slim 4to. Publisher's bright blue and red illustrated boards, with matching dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by the author, including endpapers. Ownership to paste down. Owner's name stamped in ink to paste down and rear flyleaf. Some bumping and scuffing to extremities with slight...
New York: Random House. 1958. First Edition; slim Quarto. Publisher's green and blue illustrated boards, with matching dust jacket. Titles in black and white to upper board and spine. Beautifully illustrated throughout by the author, including endpapers. Binding a little rubbed to extremities. Dust jacket showing light rubbing, frayed to...
New York, NY: 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; pencil inscription reading 'Anne May' to front pastedown, otherwise minimally used...