"No spots are too hard for a hat cat like me!": First Edition of The Cat in the Hat comes Back; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.
Seuss, Dr. (Theodore Geisel.$1,750.00
Item Number: 5403
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by the author, “For Jason with kindest regards! Dr. Seuss.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket.
The year after Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, broke new ground in children’s books with The Cat in the Hat, he brought back the immediately popular character—with 26 little cats under his red-and-white stovepipe, not to mention the mysterious “Voom”—for a new madcap adventure. The title was the second from Beginner Books, Geisel’s own imprint at Random House; in very little time, as that line’s identifying logo, “the Cat’s image would become synonymous with learning to read” (Cohen, 324).