The Cat in the Hat (First Edition) by Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat is a children’s book by Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel – 1904-1991). The first edition of this work was published in 1957 by Random House.
The book was aimed at developing literacy among children, and spawned the Random House series of Beginner Books. The requirement of the series was to use no more than 200 words taken from a basic vocabulary list, and 20 slightly harder words. The character of the cat in the hat went on to star in five further books by Seuss, and became the Dr Seuss logo. More than eleven million copies have been printed.
Plot, Characters, Themes
The Cat in the Hat is a jovial, chaotic and energetic character who brings excitement to a house of two children on a rainy day. He performs tricks and makes a big mess that the children must bring under control. The cat cleans up the house before the mother comes home.
The text maintains a triple metre, using anapaestic tetrameter, and is in rhyme.
Theodor Seuss Geisel published 46 children’s books under the name Dr. Seuss. His stories and characters are loved by children worldwide.
Notable auction sales and collecting tips
First edition copies are much more valuable if they retain their original dust jackets. A signature of Seuss, especially if accompanied by a small doodle, will raise the worth of a copy.
Christie’s New York sold a first edition copy of The Cat in the Hat (1957, Random House) for $5,760 in December 2005 and $10,575 in April 2001. A signed copy of the same was sold for $10,158 by Christie’s New York in December 2003.
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