Apr 142007
 
The Lorax (1971)

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification The Lorax, 1971 Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $260 Fine (updated) “I am Lorax. I speak for the trees, for the trees that have no tongues. And I’m asking you, Sir, at the top of my lungs. Oh please do not cut down another one.”—The Lorax, Dr. Seuss, 1971 The Lorax […]

Apr 112007
 
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Identifying First Editions

Identifying Contemporary First Edition Books Book collectors and booksellers are meticulous in their meaning of “First Edition.” In the book collecting industry, “First Edition” is always meant to be the first printing of the first edition of the book.  It is very important for the novice book collector or bookseller to understand that the meaning […]

Apr 092007
 
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962)

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $200 VG+ Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book was the 17th large-format children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, and twenty-first overall. The first edition continues to show up on eBay for modest prices a couple of times per month. In […]

Apr 032007
 
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The Little Engine That Could - Identifying Variants

First Edition Identification The Little Engine That Could; written by [Watty Piper, pseud.]; Illustrated by Lois Lenski; Platt & Munk, 1930. Children’s Picturebook Price Guide Value – $920 VG+ Background The Little Engine That Could has been widely popular since it’s original publication in the 1930’s, and is famous for bringing the refrain "I think […]

Mar 292007
 
Seuss Redbook - If I Ran The Zoo

In a previous post, we provided the first edition identification points for Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran The Zoo. The key identifying point is the absence of the line "Based on Material Originally Appeared in Redbook Magazine" on the copyright page. The true first printing of the book omits this line. We thought some Seuss-o-philes […]

Mar 262007
 
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Every Seuss-o-phile must read Professor Philip Nel’s new book, The Annotated Cat: Under The Hats Of Seuss and His Cats. From Newsweek’s article, ‘236 Perfect Words‘, by Malcolm Jones: Nel’s line-by-line annotations illuminate precisely how Seuss created his masterwork (Nel also includes annotation for “The Cat in the Hat Came Back,”). We are treated to […]

Mar 252007
 
If I Ran The Zoo (1950)

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification If I Ran The Zoo, 1950 1951 Caldecott Honor Award Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $1600 VG+ If I Ran The Zoo was the fourth post-war children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, and eighth overall. At this point in his career, Seuss was considered one of the top […]

Mar 112007
 
A Story Of Two Fish: Dr. Seuss Out Of Water

Gustav The Goldfish; written & illustrated by Theodor Seuss Giesel, Redbook Magazine; June 1950. A Fish Out Of Water, written by Helen Palmer, illustrated by P.D. Eastman; Beginner Books, 1961 (Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $240 VG+). Prologue As a child, I loved the story A Fish Out Of Water. It was, and remains, one of […]

Mar 082007
 
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The Story About Ping (1933)

First Edition Identification First Edition Identification Points The Story About Ping; written by Marjorie Flack; illustrated by Kurt Wiese; Viking, 1933. Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $740 VG+ From Barbara Bader’s the American Picturebook, from Noah’s Ark to the Beast Within (page 66): "Ping is a real story, a full story, complete in words, but so […]

Feb 262007
 
Scrambled Eggs Super (1953)

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification Scrambled Eggs Super, 1953 Childrens Picturebook Price Guide:  $1600 VG+ Scrambled Eggs Super was the fifth post-war children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, and ninth overall.  At this point in his career, Seuss was considered one of the top children’s book illustrators. From the back dust jacket […]