Identifying First Edition Beginner Books
1957 - Beginner Book Dust Jacket Back 'A'
The following is an image of Beginner Book dust jacket 'A', which can be found on the first editions of the following books:
1957 - BB-1 The Cat In The Hat
The Cat In The Hat was originally issued with a price of $2.00, indicated by the '200/200' on the top right front flap of the dust jacket, as in the picture. This is considered the first edition within the collector hobby.
The front dust jacket for the first edition has the Cat in his familiar posture, however has 'For Beginning Readers' in a circle at a 45 degree backward sloping angle, as in this picture:
The back dust jacket for the first edition appears as in the photo, above. Random House published copies of The Cat In The Hat with this same front and back dust jacket with three different prices, so there are three variants of the dust jacket, as follows:
Be very careful with sellers substituting the 1985 facsimile dust jacket on the first edition book. The only difference between the 1985 facsimile DJ and the first edition DJ is the phrase "Printed in U.S.A." on the bottom back flap of the facsimile.
Identifying the First Edition Cat In The Hat Book, Without Dust Jacket
The first edition Cat In The Hat book has a matte finish, while later copies have a glossy finish. It might be difficult for some to recognize what is 'matte' and what is 'glossy', so there is a more definitive means. The first edition Cat In The Hat book was bound with a single signature, as pictured on the left:
The second and later issue books were bound with three signatures, as pictured on the right:
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