First Edition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: Twice Inscribed by Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Seuss, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].$6,500.00
Item Number: 3896
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first printing with all issue points: Cat in the Hat on back cover of book with 14 titles (up to now) listed on the rear flap and a list of 13 books printed at the end of the book. Dust jacket price reads 250/250. Inscribed twice by Dr. Seuss to the same recipient, “For Juanito with Best Wishes- Dr. Seuss.” Dr. Seuss has signed on the verso of the front free endpaper and the verso of the half title page. Illustrated in black and red. Original illustrated glossy paper boards, pictorial endpapers. Very good with some rubbing to the boards as usual, repair to a tear in the rear endpaper in a very good dust jacket.
"Clearly the Grinch has been the most memorable Christmas villain to undergo redemption since Ebenezer Scrooge. To some degree, Ted identified with the Grinch When asked why he wrote the book, Dr. Seuss replied, I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December when I noted a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously Id lost. It was no coincidence that, when the book appeared in 1957, the Grinch complained, For fifty-three years Ive put up with it now Ted, of course, was born in 1904 After The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch, Teds reputation grew exponentially" (Cohen, 329-30).