Category: Children’s Books

Dr. Seuss’s books are some of the most popular children’s books of all time. Nearly all of them have sold at least a couple of million copies and some such as the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham have sold much more than that.

Dr. Seuss First Editions are favorites with highspot collectors and children’s book collectors, because while it can take a while to get a complete set that is part of the fun of it.

Dr. Seuss Firsts are fairly difficult to identify as they do not state First Edition so if you are interested in collecting or selling Dr. Seuss First Editions you need the book First Editions of Dr. Seuss Books by Helen and Marc Younger / Dan Hirsch. It tells in simple easy to understand language how to identify Dr. Seuss Firsts, complete with color photos of each book. It is well worth the money. You may think that is a lot of money to pay for a reference book but it will pay for itself in the first purchase or sale you make – so that you can know what your buying or selling.

But one thing that the Younger/Hirsch bibliography lacks is a price guide (but that is understandable since if a price guide were included it would be far out of date by now).

So here is a current price guide to Dr. Seuss First Editions:

And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street. New York: Vanguard Press, 1937.
Value: About $10,000 in Dust Jacket; About $2000 without Dust Jacket.
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The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. New York: Vanguard Press, (1938).
Value: $7000 to $8000 in Dust Jacket; About $1000 without Dust Jacket.
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King’s Stilts. New York: Random House, (1939).
Value: About $10,000 in Dust Jacket (but almost in impossible to find); About $1000 without Dust Jacket.
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Horton Hatches the Egg. New York: Random House, (1940).
Value: About $8,000 to $10,000 in Dust Jacket (Almost impossible to find); About $500 without Dust Jacket.
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McElligot’s Pool. New York: Random House, (1947).
Value: About $4000 in Dust Jacket; About $500 without Dust Jacket. (prices are for the first state; later states can be had for much less).
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Thidwick: The Big-Hearted Moose. New York: Random House, (1948).
Value: About $3000 in Dust Jacket; About $150 without Dust Jacket.
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Bartholomew and the Oobleck. New York: Random House, (1949).
Value: $1750 in Dust Jacket; About $150 without Dust Jacket.
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If I Ran The Zoo. New York: Random House, (1950).
Value: $1500 in Dust Jacket.
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Gerald McBoing Boing. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1952).
Value: $600 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Scrambled Eggs Super. New York: Random House, (1953).
Value: $1250 in Dust Jacket.
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Horton Hears a Who. New York: Random House, (1954).
Value: $1250 in Dust Jacket.
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On Beyond Zebra. New York: Random House, (1955).
Value: $600 in Dust Jacket.
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If I Ran The Circus. New York: Random House, (1956).
Value: $600 in Dust Jacket.
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The Cat in the Hat. New York: Random House, (1957).
Value: $3000-4000 in Dust Jacket. (2nd state: $1000, 3rd and 4th: $50-75).
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New York: Random House, (1957).
Value: $1200 in Dust Jacket.
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The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. New York: Beginner Books, (1958).
Value: $450 in Dust Jacket.
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Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. New York: Random House, (1958).
Value: $200 in Dust Jacket.
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Happy Birthday to You. New York: Random House, (1959).
Value: $200 in Dust Jacket.
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Green Eggs and Ham. New York: Beginner Books, (1960).
Value: $4000-5000 in Dust Jacket (with sticker); $750 in Dust Jacket (printed box)
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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. New York: Beginner Books, (1960).
Value: $350 in Dust Jacket.
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Sneetches. New York: Random House, (1961).
Value: $250 in Dust Jacket.
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Ten Apples Up on Top (under the pseudonym: Theo LeSieg). New York: Beginner Books, (1961).
Value: $1500 in Dust Jacket.
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Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book. New York: Random House, (1962).
Value: $200 in Dust Jacket.
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Hop on Pop. New York: Beginner Books, (1963).
Value: $250 in Dust Jacket.
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Dr. Seuss’s ABC. New York: Beginner Books, (1963).
Value: $300 in Dust Jacket.
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The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary. New York: Beginner Books, (1964).
Value; $250 in Dust Jacket.
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Fox in Socks. New York: Beginner Books, (1965).
Value: $400 in Dust Jacket.
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I had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. New York: Random House, (1965).
Value: $350 in Dust Jacket.
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I wish that I had Duck Feet. (under the pseudonym Theo LeSieg). New York: Beginner Books, (1965).
Value: $750 in Dust Jacket.
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The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary in French. New York: Beginner Books, (1965).
Value: $250 in Dust Jacket.
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The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary in Spanish. New York: Beginner Books, (1966).
Value: $200 in Dust Jacket.
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Come Over to My House. (under the pseudonym: Theo LeSieg). New York: Beginner Books, (1966).
Value: $750 in Dust Jacket.
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Cat in the Hat Songbook. New York: Random House, (1967).
Value: $35 Not issued in Dust Jacket.
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Eye Book (under the pseudonym: Theo LeSieg). New York: Bright & Early Books, (1968).
Value: $1500 in Dust Jacket.
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Foot Book. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1968).
Value: $600 in Dust Jacket.
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My Book about Me. New York: Beginner Books, (1969).
Value: $750 or more (most copies either are not first editions or they are written in). Not issued in Dust Jacket.
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I can Lick 30 Tigers Today. New York: Random House, (1969)
Value: $200
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Mr. Brown can Moo, Can You?
New York: Bright & Early Books, (1970).
Value: $1200 in Dust Jacket
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I can Draw It Myself. New York: Beginner Books, (1970).
Value: $750 or more (very hard to find without writing). Not Issued in Dust Jacket.
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I can Write.
New York: Bright & Early Books, (1971).
Value: $750 or more (very hard to find without writing). Issued without Dust Jacket.
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The Lorax. New York Random House, (1971).
Value: $750 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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In a People House (under the pseudonym; Theo LeSieg). New York: Bright & Early Books, (1972).
Value: $2500 in Dust Jacket.
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Marvin K. Mooney will You Please Go Now. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1972).
Value: $1000 in Dust Jacket.
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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? New York: Random House, (1973).
Value: $200 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (under a pseudonym). New York: Bright & Early Books, (1973).
Value: $750 (without damage). Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Shape of Me and Other Stuff. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1973).
Value: $500 in Dust Jacket.
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Great Day for Up. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1974).
Value: $500 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1974).
Value: $400 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Wacky Wednesday (under a pseudonym). New York: Beginner Books, (1974).
Value: $400 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Oh The Thinks You can Think. New York: Beginner Books, (1975).
Value: $40 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog. New York: Bright & Early books, (1975).
Value: $750 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo (under a pseudonym). New York: Beginner Books, (1975).
Value: $2500 (very hard to find). Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Cat’s Quizzer. New York: Beginner Books, (1976).
Value: $100 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Hooper Humperdinck…? Not Him! New York: Bright & Early Books, (1976).
Value: $750 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Please Try to Remember the First of Octember (under a pseudonym). New York: Beginner Books, (1977).
Value: $500 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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I can Read with My Eyes Shut. New York:Beginner Books, (1978).
Value: $125 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Oh Say Can You Say. New York: Beginner Books, (1979).
Value: $40 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Maybe You Should Fly a Jet. (under a pseudonym). New York: Beginner Books, (1980).
Value: $1250 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Tooth Book. New York: Bright & Early Books, (1981).
Value: $1250 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Hunches in Bunches. New York: Random House, (1982).
Value: $35 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House, (1984).
Value: $20 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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You’re Only Old Once. New York: Random House, (1986).
Value: $20 in Dust Jacket.
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I am Not Going to Get Up Today. New York: Beginner Books, (1987).
Value: $45 Issued without Dust Jacket.
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Oh The Places You’ll Go. New York: Random House, (1990).
Value: $25 in Dust Jacket.
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Daisy Head Mayzie. New York: Random House, (1994).
Value: $15.00 in Dust Jacket.
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**Prices are for Very Good examples. By Very Good I mean copies without much chipping and that are clean and bright. Fine copies are almost impossible to find and will command a much higher price and lesser copies can be much less expensive. Sometimes prices may bit slightly off but I have been specializes in these books for several years.

Children's Books

The first edition of Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White was published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers in New York. One of the most popular children’s classics. Illustrated by Garth Williams.

First Edition Points:

  • Published by Harper & Brothers
  • “First Edition” is stated on copyright page
  • “I-B” code on copyright page
  • $2.50 price on front flap of dust jacket
  • Advertises Stuart Little on the back panel of the dust jacket and lack of mention of later books

All those published by Harper & Row are later printings after 1963.
Book Clubs have no edition statement except “Book Club Edition” on front flap of the dust jacket and no two letter code on copyright page. Any copy with a two letter code is a printing between 1952 and 1963.

The key to the printings is (first letter is month, last letter is year):
A = January
B = February
C = March
D = April
E = May
F = June
G = July
H = August
I = September
K = October (J was not used)
L = November
M = December

B = 1952
C = 1953
D = 1954
E = 1955
F = 1956
G = 1957
H = 1958
I = 1959
J = 1960
K = 1961
L = 1962
M = 1963

Value:
With Dust Jacket:
Very Good, $1000
Fine, $4500
Without Dust Jacket:
Very Good: $175 – $200

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Children's Books

The first edition of Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908 by L. C. Page & Company in Boston. It was L. M. Montgomery’s first book and the first printing had a very small print run, making it one of the rarest Children’s Books and one of the most expensive.
It was published in green cloth, lettered in gilt (gold) with a pictorial pasteon on front cover.
It was most likely issued with a dust jacket but no copy is extant with a dust jacket. If one turned up it should worth at least $100,000.

First Edition Points:

  • Published by L. C. Page
  • date MDCCCCVIII is on the title page
  • copyright page states “First Impression, April, 1908”
  • no later impressions (printings) mentioned on copyright page

There is also a variant with no printings stated on the copyright page and without the date MDCCCCVIII on the title page. It is unclear what this variant actually is but it is most probably an later printing that the publisher forgot to include the printing information.

Value:
In Very Good condition you can usually find a copy or two for between $17,500 and $25,000.
Virtually impossible to find in Fine condition but if you can find one expect the price to be between $30,000 and $40,000.
Early Printings sell for between $100 and $750, depending on how early and condition, perhaps a bit more for a nice Second Impression.

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References:
Blanck, Jacob. Peter Parley to Penrod. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1956. (page 124)

Children's Books