The Cat in the Hat. Houghton Mifflin.Unusual.

The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early., The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early

This copy was definitely a salesman's sample, as it comes from a collection of review copies which I acquired in 1998 from a retired educator's collection. As received, it had a Houghton Mifflin/Riverside Press educational sales representative's business card laid in. Sadly, the card has been lost since 2006 and I have given up hope of finding it, so I've decided to list the book! The rounded spine is not practical for school use: judging from other multiple signature HM copies available with identical boards, the style was probably changed. Based on Seuss' statements and other copies seen with identical boards and multiple signatures, this copy may be the January publication or simply an odd salesman's sample issue. Intense colour and beautiful condition in this copy.  Rare thus.

Seuss was encouraged to create a controlled vocabulary book by William Spaulding, Educational Director of Houghton Mifflin and an old army buddy. However, Seuss was under contract to Random House, so HM agreed to publish the educational edition, allowing Random to publish the trade edition available to the public. The HM edition was set to be published in January or February and the trade edition in March, according a letter written to Random House by Seuss. However, the educational edition of Cat in the Hat was not successful as a primer, being too dissimilar from Dick and Jane. Cat in the Hat was later included in the 20 or so "Read by Yourself" HM series, most published in the 60's. In addition to having the single signature and rounded spine, our copy has the plainer HM design on bottom board.

$3,000.00

 

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The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early.
The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early
The Cat in the Hat.
Seuss, Dr. (Geisel)
/Seuss, illustrator.
Houghton Mifflin, Riverside Press imprint on title page bottom corner, (1957) originally catalogued as Houghton Mifflin LCCN 56-5470, (14.1 Lindemann), first issued as prepublication sample copy;, HM educational printing; blue matte boards; rounded spine with no lettering, single sewn signature (see pg 31), no seal on top board; on bottom board, plain white circle with title in black and publisher's name in black with no indication of "Read by Yourself Books" although it was later part of this series; [not in Younger]; 23.5cm, 61 pp plus lengthy educational blurb.
Toploader large hardback
CONDITION: Very Good Plus/probably issued without jacket; no names or other marks, clean, unread, straight; fine white lines in blue cover along opening (joint), some tiny rubs on edges and reading wrinkles on rear free endpaper which indicate that the Educational sales blurb was what was of interest! An outstanding collectible copy. Institutions inquire.
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The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early
The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early
Control Number: 
12929