GEISEL, Theodore: (Dr. Seuss). How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (1957 - FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY)

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AUTHOR: GEISEL, Theodore: (Dr. Seuss). 

TITLE: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. NY: Random House, 1957.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY. 1 vol., inscribed by Seuss on the verso of the front endleaf "Merry Christmas to Lee, Wendy and Laurie from Dr. Seuss", additional gift inscription to the same dated 1957 by the recipients Grandmother, publisher's original pictorial glassed boards, pictorial pastdowns and endpapers.

CONDITION: General handling, back corners rubbed, surface cracking to hinges but firm, inner hinges fine, with the original DJ, DJ in VERY GOOD condition, housed in a 1/2 red morocco clamshell slipcase, two gilt lettered green morocco spine labels. Overall better then it may sound.

REFERENCE: All first issue points as per Younger/Hirsch,

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: "Clearly the Grinch has been the most memorable Christmas villain to undergo redemption since Ebenezer Scrooge. To some degree, Ted identified with the Grinch When asked why he wrote the book, Dr. Seuss replied, 'I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December when I noted a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I'd lost.' It was no coincidence that, when the book appeared in 1957, the Grinch complained, 'For fifty-three years I've put up with it now' Ted, of course, was born in 1904 After The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch, Ted's reputation grew exponentially" (Cohen, 329-30).