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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss - Signed First Edition - 1958 - from Fine Book Cellar Limited ABA ILAB PBFA (SKU: 1476183138960)

The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

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  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
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First UK edition, first impression (Collins Clear-Type Press, 1958). Originally published in the US the previous year. Signed and inscribed by the author to front endpaper verso: 'for the children of Battersea with Best Wishes... Dr Seuss'. Rare thus.

Publisher's original turquoise pictorial boards. Rubbing to edges and to spine with some bumping to corners; very slight bowing to upper board; contents clean and free from names and inscriptions.

A good copy of an edition that is rare to find bearing a unique inscription from the author.


The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957.  The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother on a rainy day while they are home alone. Despite the repeated objections of the children's fish, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them. In the process, he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed until the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up and disappears just before the children's mother comes home. The Cat and the Hat  inaugerated the Beginner Books Series, promoting both the Dr. Seuss name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.

Read more: Identifying first editions of The Cat in the Hat


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Fine Book Cellar Limited ABA ILAB PBFA GB (GB)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss
Book condition
second hand - Good
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Collins Clear-Type Press: London and Glasgow
Date Published
Dr Seuss, first, Signed, Cat in the Hat
Bookseller catalogs
Modern First Editions; Signed First Editions; Books to Film; Children's Literature; Dr. Seuss;

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Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been... [more]
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a... [more]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.

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