First edition, second state of And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss, in the publisher’s scarce dust jacket.
Quarto, [32pp]. Original color pictorial boards, white spine. The first edition of Mulberry Street, with no additional printings and matching dates on the title and copyright pages. The second state, with the illustration of the boy’s pants corrected from white to blue on front cover. Clean text throughout, a few finger marks, offsetting to endpapers from dust jacket. Free of writing or notations. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $1.00 on front flap, chipping along top edge, multiple closed tears, archival tissue repairs to verso to stabilize, soiling to covers. This is the first edition, second state dust jacket, with the illustration of the boy’s pants corrected from white to blue on front cover. (Younger & Hirsch, 1) Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell, title in gilt on spine over blue morocco label.
And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street is the first children’s book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, published under the pen name of Dr. Seuss. The manuscript was rejected by 20+ publishers before Geisel ran into a college classmate, Mike McClintock, who was the new juvenile editor at Vanguard Press. The book received wide critical praise upon publication, but saw little commercial success.