US: Random House, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Good / Fair. Item #37305
Signed with a gift inscription and original illustration on the blank side of the first free end paper. First Edition, First Printing with the original dust jacket. The book was originally gifted to a young woman on her 12th birthday by her Aunt and Uncle in 1953. They regularly attended cocktail parties with Theodor Geisel. Geisel inscribed the book, "To _, with Best Wishes - Dr. Seuss" and then drew - what may possibly be - a cartoon version of himself, complete with bowtie, glasses (?) and beard. On the last blank page is an inscription, "To Linda - Happy Birthday from Uncle Mike and Aunt Emily. 29 August, 1953 - La Jolla, Calif". The boards are bright with faint soiling. Interior binding is tight, however, the spine is almost detached, having separated from the front board. Ends of spine are chipped, edges and corners are rubbed, corners are bumped. The book interior shows evidence of having been well-loved with scattered soiling and smudging, occasional creasing, page edge toning, and faint streaking on a few pages where liquid was possibly spilled and wiped up. Foxing and toning to endpapers. Owner's childhood bookplate inside front cover. The dust jacket is rubbed, chipped, soiled, creased and scuffed with a few large closed tears, including a 4" closed tear on the front cover. Dust jacket is covered in a protective mylar jacket. Additional pictures upon request.
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