New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 61 pages; VG-; bound in publishers blue cloth, no lettering on spine; one moderate bump to the middle of the front hinge; mild shelfwear; This edition was not issued with a Dust Jacket.; This educational edition predates the trade edition by 2 months (the trade edition was released March 1 1957 whereas the educational edition was released in January of 1957). In Dr. Seuss's own words, on June 11, 1956, he wrote to Random House: "Don't ever show this letter to anyone, but I've got a hunch . . . (very immodest) . . . Namely, according to Houghton-Mifflin, who will be releasing my First Grade Reader to schools early in Jan. or Feb., we've got a possibility of making a tremendous noise in the noisy discussion of Why Johnny Can't Read. The Random House trade edition won't come out until later, and the big noise may never come off." At the time, Random House did not use multiple binding signatures, hence the single signature binding of the first printing of the trade edition. Houghton Mifflin had already begun printing books with multiple signature bindings, this is why in later printings of the trade edition Random House actually copies the format of the Houghton Mifflin edition. Also note, Dr. Seuss on the front page is printed in red, as was the first trade edition, however it lacks the "for beginner readers" logo printed on the trade edition (a secretly added feature by Bennett Cerf to make the trade edition more appealing and to boost Random House sales).; Houghton Mifflin had possibly intended to release a children's book series called "Read by Yourself Books" in 1957, and there is a label on the rear cover stating so. shelved case 2.
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New York: Random House, Inc., 1939. First Edition, Early Printing. Quarto, Unpaginated; G+/Fair; spine is faded gray; dust jacket is in a mylar covering, has severe damage with the front and back covers completely detached, with a small chunk of the spine remaining, has fraying around the edges and pencil markings throughout; binding has wear along the top and bottom edges, with minor fraying at the top and bottom of the spine; pages have pencil drawings on the first and last endpapers, original owner's name is written in marker on the ffep; TS consignment; shelved case 2.
New York: Random House, 1949. First Edition. 4to., unpaginated; G/none; spine white with black lettering; eight thin horizontal strips of tape holding wraps around the spine, two long vertical strips along both hinges on the lower half; rubbing and wear to all edges of boards; moderate wear to head and tail of spine; interior clean, with very light age-toning; SIGNED by Dr. Seuss opposing title page, with a drawing labeled 'Extra Special Oobleck'; TS consignment; shelved case 2.
New York: Random House, 1954. Octavo; G/G; Hardcover with DJ; Spine, orange with white print; DJ in mylar, small tears to spine ends, flap fold corners, front top edge, creasing, mild shelfwear; Boards in orange illustrated glossy paper, mild wear to corners and spine caps; Text block has inscription in ink on title page, else clean text; unpaged, illustrated (color).
New York: Random House, 1957. First. Small quarto; G-/Fair; cracked, fading green spine with white text; dustjacket has severe edgewear and tearing, chipping and fading to covers, most notably along spine, text is still slightly legible, covers have light staining and significant creasing and chipping, protective mylar covering; boards are slightly brittle with moderate bumping and rubbing/fraying to corners (cardboard visible), covers have moderate chipping and scratching, back cover has light staining, spine is split along back cover, has light chipping; textblock has light age-toning, light staining, occasional light finger-smudging throughout, hinges are split along front and rear paste-downs, pages beginning to loosen and detach from binding. K.T. CONSIGNMENT. SHELVED BEHIND FRONT DESK.
New York: Random House, 1939. Early reprint. Quarto clothbound with dustjacket, VG/Fair. Heavy chipping to dj spine/edges, some closed tears; scraping gouge to back cover; front illuststration primarily intact and vibrant; now in mylar sleeve. Boards straight, corners lightly bumped, cloth is tidy. Pages are crisp, binding tight; owner's name on FFEP; illustrations are unblemmished. Unpaginated (approx. 35)-- no ISBN--. Yellow boards, $2.00 price on back dustjacket flap. Shelved behind Rockville Front Desk.