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  • "Don't be so old-fashioned. This is 1066! Definitely, I shall attend the battle on horseback": First edition, first printing of The Seven Lady Godivas; inscribed by Dr. Seuss to Josephine Dodge Kimball, the founder of the first exclusively children's book store, Young Books

    SEUSS, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].

    The Seven Lady Godivas.

    New York: Random House 1939.

    First edition, first printing of this classic Dr. Seuss title. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “For Josephine Kimball Godiva with very best thanks – Dr. Seuss.” The recipient, Josephine Dodge Kimball co-founded the first book store to specialize in children’s literature, Young Books, on Madison Avenue in 1929 with former Bryn Mawr classmate Joan Whitney Payson. Both women were from prominent families and had connections that brought the store instant fame. The store’s opening brought headlines in the New York Times, Life and the Saturday Review of Literature and Kimball’s expertly curated selection of children’s books, art, and toys were often featured in the “On and Off the Avenue” shopping column of the New Yorker. In 1931, Time reported that Kimball and Payson presented an autograph manuscript signed by Albert Einstein to Yale University, an acquisition made through one of the ladies’ patrons and, by 1944, the store had expanded to include a gallery, rare book room, and adult book department. Kimball also soon contributed reviews of children’s books to Harper’s and Scribner’s including a column in the December 1937 issue of Scribner’s Magazine praising Geisel’s first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The publication of the present volume coincided with the tenth anniversary of the grand opening of Young Books. Kimball celebrated both with an exclusive cocktail party during which the present volume was most likely inscribed to her by Giesel. In addition to Geisel, the party also included guests such as Ludwig Bemelmans and Clement Hurd, original drawings by whom were hung in the gallery and their new books displayed in the shop’s window (Kahn, 93; Kimball, 62; Long, 93). Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition with small chips to the crown and foot of the spine. With the original accompanying Random House book mark laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Next to the dedication copy, the finest association copy available.

    Price: $9,500.00

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  • The Seven Lady Godivas; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss

    SEUSS, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].

    The Seven Lady Godivas.

    New York: Random House 1987.

    First edition of the re-issue of this classic Dr. Seuss title. Inscribed by the author, “For Jennifer with best wishes Dr. Seuss.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $600.00

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  • The Seven Lady Godivas; Signed by Dr. Seuss

    SEUSS, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].

    The Seven Lady Godivas.

    New York: Random House 1987.

    First edition of the re-issue of this classic Dr. Seuss title. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed Dr. Seuss opposite the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $500.00

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