May 312006

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, written & illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel
Random House, 1958

Children’s Picturebook Price Guide Value:  $300 VG+ 


Essential identifying point

Copyright page:  Line with “FIRST PRINTING”


Essential Identifying Point

Book and DJ front cover:  Snowball at bottom left by Cat’s tail.




The ‘snowball’ point is of assistance if a later edition dust jacket is placed onto a first issue book—the first printing book and dust jacket match and are the only printings with the ‘snowball’. The book is easy enough to identify, being a stated edition. 

In the Children’s Picturebook Price Guide we categorize this type of Seuss book as “Group A:  Stated First Printing”.  Other Seuss books in the group include Lady Godiva and Horton Hatches The Egg.

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