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The Seven Lady Godivas. by  Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel] Seuss - Signed First Edition - 1939 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 104001)

The Seven Lady Godivas.

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The Seven Lady Godivas.

by Seuss, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]

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New York: Random House, 1939. First edition, first printing of this classic Dr. Seuss title. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author opposite the title page, "For Josephine Kimball Godiva with very best thanks - Dr. Seuss." The recipient, Josephine Dodge Kimball co-founded the first book store to specialize in children's literature, Young Books, on Madison Avenue in 1929 with former Bryn Mawr classmate Joan Whitney Payson. Both women were from prominent families and had connections that brought the store instant fame. The store's opening brought headlines in the New York Times, Life and the Saturday Review of Literature and Kimball's expertly curated selection of children's books, art, and toys were often featured in the "On and Off the Avenue" shopping column of the New Yorker. In 1931, Time reported that Kimball and Payson presented an autograph manuscript signed by Albert Einstein to Yale University, an acquisition made through one of the ladies' patrons and, by 1944, the store had expanded to include a gallery, rare book room, and adult book department. Kimball also soon contributed reviews of children's books to Harper's and Scribner's including a column in the December 1937 issue of Scribner's Magazine praising Geisel's first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The publication of the present volume coincided with the tenth anniversary of the grand opening of Young Books. Kimball celebrated both with an exclusive cocktail party during which the present volume was most likely inscribed to her by Giesel. In addition to Geisel, the party also included guests such as Ludwig Bemelmans and Clement Hurd, original drawings by whom were hung in the gallery and their new books displayed in the shop's window (Kahn, 93; Kimball, 62; Long, 93). Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition with small chips to the crown and foot of the spine. With the original accompanying Random House book mark laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Next to the dedication copy, the finest association copy available. "Referring to his recent children's books and advertisements for Flit and Essomarine, Seuss explained that The Seven Lady Godivas was written 'to escape the monotony of writing about nothing but men folks and children, dragons or fish' In his college studies of Tennyson, Seuss may well have come across the 1842 poem 'Godiva.' During his time in England after Dartmouth, he no doubt came across the legend again. The theme of the Lady Godiva story-championing the rights of the common man-is what links this 'adult' book to his 'children's' stories and his political cartoons" (Cohen, 195).


The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family is a picture book of the tale of Lady Godiva, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. One of Seuss's few books written for adults, its original 1939 publication by Random House was a failure and was eventually remaindered. However, it later gained popularity as Seuss himself grew in fame, and was republished in 1987.


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The Seven Lady Godivas.
Seuss, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel]
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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First Edition
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clamshell box
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dedication copy
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title page
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