Happy Birthday to You!
By Dr Suess.
Published by Random House, New York, in 1959.
Identifying Dr Suess First Editions is a complex art, made easier somewhat by an amazing book I found in a car boot sale dedicated to just that. Dr. Suess Books: A Guide to First Editions, by Helen and Mark Younger, provides you with a basic checklist but also the many hundreds of little details that tell you that your particular Dr Suess book is a genuine first, including the six faint white spots on page 34 of this wonderful edition of Happy Birthday To You!, a printing characteristic that identify it as a genuine first edition, first printing from 1959.
This minor flaw in the first printing has now become a stamp of its authenticity, as shown in the last photo, meaning this Dr Suess First Edition is appreciating in value every year.
This irrepressibly upbeat book, published by Random House, New York in 1959, is one of Dr Suess’s finest. It leads you into a world of fun and fantasy from which you emerge grinning from ear to ear, and it would make a special first edition gift for anyone with an impending birthday to celebrate.
First editions / first printings of this book are typically priced at between £250 and £360 by the big rare booksellers. We are pricing this one at £160.
Condition: Good. There is some rubbing and slight wear to edges of cover, and some minor marks to title pages. But generally this book is in great condition for its age, with no pen marks or inscriptions.