Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

Horton Hears A Who; written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss); Random House; 1954.

Children’s Picturebook Price Guide value – $2,000 VG+

There are three printings of the book with “250/250” price on the front DJ flap.  The first two printings have Horton’s “full ear” graphic on the back of the book and dust jacket.  The third printing book’s back and back DJ have Horton’s partial ear (ear cut off by Junior Literary Guild review).

First Edition Identification – Book

Horton has full ear on back cover graphic, with cloud in upper left corner, and five branch tree in upper right corner.  Later issues had Horton’s ear cut off by review, no cloud, and two branch tree. See photo.

Dr. Seuss First Edition

This later printing’s graphic (partial ear, no cloud, two branches) was used on the book and DJ post-1957, when the price of the book was changed to “295/295”.  The book’s price was “250/250” from 1954-1957.

The true first edition book’s copyright page does not have a list of “Other books by Dr. Seuss”. 

Dr. Seuss First Edition

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

Also, on the true first edition book, the reverse of the rear endpaper has a list of nine books, titled “Other books by Dr. Seuss”, starting with SCRAMBLED EGGS SUPER, and ending with “AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET”. 

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

Younger/Hirsch identifies this first edition book as a ‘variant’.  The following table is a compelling argument that it is not a variant, but instead the true first edition of the book.  Note that all later printings have the Seuss title list on the copyright page.  Only in the first edition book is there no Seuss title list on the copyright page, and instead, the list is on the back of the rear endpaper.

 

 

DJ Price

Back Book/DJ

Copyright Page

Back Endpaper

1st Edition

250/250

Horton Full Ear

No Titles

Seuss Title List

2nd Printing

250/250 p>

Horton Full Ear

Seuss Title List

Blank

3rd Printing

250/250

Partial Ear

Seuss Title List

Blank

Later Printings

295/295

Partial Ear

Seuss Title List

Blank

[Note: The Youngers have corrected the identification points to Horton Hears A Who as per the above, on their error page for the guide. The Younger/Hirsch guide, First Editions of Dr. Seuss Books, is an invaluable resource if you are a collector of first edition Dr. Seuss books, and is considered the definitive guide by collectors and booksellers.]

First Edition Identification – Dust Jacket

Horton has full ear on back DJ graphic, with cloud in upper left corner, and five branch tree in upper right corner.  Later printings had Horton’s ear cut off by review, no cloud, and two branch tree.  See photo.

Dr. Seuss First Edition Identification

 

The dust jacket is the same on both the first and second printing books.  The DJ price of ’250/250′ is not necessary if the ‘full ear/clouds/5 branch’ graphic is present on the back of the dust jacket.

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