Navigation To First Edition Beginner Books

Identifying First Edition Beginner Books

A couple of years ago I posted a series of blog articles which provided identification points for the first fifty Beginner Books, and later collected them into one permanant webpage (see Identifying First Edition Beginner Books).

The articles included identification points for each book, and provided the publication sequence along with the back dust jacket graphic. In essence the titles listed on the back of the dust jacket are the key to identifying most of the early Beginner Books. These articles were the first time identification points were posted for this set of Beginner Books.

While the articles centered upon the publication sequence of the dust jacket backs, they did not provide a good navigational method to each book, and today’s post is purposed to correct the oversight.

Accessible First Edition Identification Points Helps The Hobby

Book collectors and booksellers tend to shy away from books without documented first edition identification points, or in cases where the identification points are not well understood. There is too much risk buying or selling the unknown collectible.

Over the past three years book collector and bookseller interest has increased in the non-Seuss first edition Beginner Books (the Younger/Hirsch Guide To First Edition Dr. Seuss books helped the hobby with the Seuss first edition Beginner Books). People have become more confident buying and selling first edition Beginner Books. The market for the later printings is also more robust.

One of my underlying purposes for this blog and the parent web site is to make first edition idenfication points more transparent and accessible for contemporary American picturebooks. In the long run I strongly believe this will strengthen the hobby.

Many traditional booksellers are not in agreement with this philosophy, since they profit from their proprietary knowledge of first edition identification points:

  • Book collectors must rely upon them for this proprietary information.
  • Proprietary knowledge of first edition identification points is a competitive advantage over less well-informed booksellers.
  • Less scrupulous booksellers can make a windfall profit by purchasing books from a less informed public
    (Note: In open shop transactions, by rules of the trade, offers from reputable booksellers will be wholesale market prices for first edition books, even if the seller is unaware of the issue of their holdings.)

This traditional thinking impairs the hobby of collecting first edition American picturebooks. Proprietary and possessive ownership of first edition identification points:

  • Limits the number of collectors who want to participate in the hobby.
  • Limits the number of booksellers who want to participate in the hobby.
  • Reduces the liquidity of first edition picturebooks.
  • Suppresses the price/value of first edition picturebooks.

More people will enter the hobby as they learn first edition picturebooks are valuable collectibles. The books have a familiarity to a large number of people, and picturebooks are very accessible – most can be read and appreciated in moments. And we will continue our small part to promote the hobby.

Click on the front cover image, below, to the respective page for first edition identification points for each Beginner Book.

BB-01
1957

The Cat In The Hat

BB-02
1958

Cat In The Hat Comes Back

BB-03
1958

A Fly Went By

BB-04
1958

The Big Jump And Other Stories

BB-05
1958

A Big Ball Of String

BB-06
1958

Sam And The Firefly

BB-07
1959

You Will Go To The Moon

BB-08
1959

Cowboy Andy

BB-09
1959

The Whales Go By

BB-10
1959

Stop That Ball!

BB-11
1959

Bennett Cerf's Book Of Laughs

BB-12
1959

Ann Can Fly

BB-13
1960

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

BB-14
1960

The King's Wish And Other Stories

BB-15
1960

Bennett Cerf's Book Of Riddles

BB-16
1960

Green Eggs And Ham

BB-17
1960

Put Me In The Zoo

BB-18
1960

Are You My Mother?

BB-19
1961

Ten Apples Up On Top!

BB-20
1961

Go, Dog, Go!

BB-21
1961

Little Black, A Pony

BB-22
1961

Look Out For Pirates

BB-23
1961

Fish Out Of Water

BB-24
1961

Bennett Cerf's More Riddles

BB-25
1962

Robert The Rose Horse

BB-26
1962

I Was Kissed By A Seal At The Zoo

BB-27
1962

Snow

BB-28
1962

The Big Honey Hunt

BB-29
1963

Hop On Pop

BB-30
1963

Dr. Seuss's ABC

BB-31
1963

Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday?

BB-32
1963

Summer

BB-33
1963

Little Black Goes To The Circus

BB-34
1964

Bennett Cerf's Book Of Animal Riddles

BB-35
1964

Why I Built The Boogle House

BB-36
1964

The Bike Lesson

BB-37
1964

How To Make Flibbers

BB-38
1965

Fox In Socks

BB-39
1965

The King, The Mice And The Cheese

BB-40
1965

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet

BB-41
1966

The Bears' Picnic

BB-42
1966

Don And Donna Go To Bat

BB-43
1966

You Will Live Under The Sea

BB-44
1966

Come Over To My House

BB-45
1967

Babar Loses His Crown

BB-46
1967

The Bear Scouts

BB-47
1967

The Digging-Est Dog

BB-48
1967

Travels Of Doctor Dolittle

BB-49
1968

Doctor Dolittle And The Pirates

BB-50
1968

Off To The Races





© Stan Zielinski
A serious collector having fun with fun books.


Attribution

© Stan Zielinski. Author of the Children's Picturebook Price Guide Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

In layman's terms, that means you may excerpt, share, and use this material as long as you credit Stan as the author and provide a link back to the specific content page. And do not sell it or use it for commercial purposes.

The information offered on 1stedition.net and the blog is offered free of charge. Any uses, references, and or copies of this website in whole or in part must include the bibliographic citation, including author attribution, article title, date (in the case of blog posts) and link to the URL 1stedition.net. Include the copyright notice.


In no event shall a Creative Commons Attribution License or Stan Zielinski be liable for any damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use of the articles on this website. This website is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Descriptions of, or references to, persons, websites, or businesses does not imply endorsement of that person, website or business.