Jan 202007

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

 Bartholomew and the Oobleck; written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel; Random House; 1949.

1950 Caldecott Honor Award 

Children’s Picturebook Price Guide Value – $2,200 VG+

Essential First Edition Identifying Points

Blue boards and blue dust jacket. 

Oobleck is similar to Seuss’ Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose and If I Ran The Circus, in that the book and dust jacket are unique to the first edition.  Later states have orange boards and dust jacket.

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification 

 Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

 It is difficult to find a first edition dust jacket in VG condition, since the paper stock was so thin on the first state DJ.

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

 The dust jacket price is $2.00, "200/200" at top right of front flap, however this is not necessary to identify the first state book.

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification 

The rear flaps gives a short review of the first six Seuss books.

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification 


  2 Responses to “Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949)”

  1. Dr Seuss First Edition Books

    The conventional wisdom among booksellers is first edition Dr. Seuss books cannot be identified without the dust jacket. This used to be true. With the recent discovery of some salient information, today, most of the large format Dr. Seuss…

  2. I have done some research and can find no information on my Oobleck book. The cover is black and the picture is of the king in the bell tower ringing a bell. It is a library discard and someone using a fountain pen wrote the year 1951. Do you know anything about this edition? Year etc. Thanks for your help Lorraine