SEUSS, Dr. (Theodore Geisel). The Seven Lady Godivas...The true facts concerning history’s barest family.  Random House, NY: 1939.


Stated First Printing. First Edition. 26 cm: [80 pp]. Missing dust-jacket, cloth boards with brown printed Godiva family crest and spine titling, two small pencil marks on front cover, illustrated endpapers with toning along hinge, minor creasing and foxing on a few pages. Great condition. 


The book is written in prose for an adult audience, with illustrations. Random House printed 7,500 copies in dust-jackets for $1.75, was considered a commercial and critical failure due partly to the public’s confusion about Dr. Seuss, by then an established children’s writer, publishing a work with an adult theme. The title went out of print with out further printings, and the printing plates were destroyed in 1945.  It was not reissued until 1987, nearly fifty years later. At the time of his death, Geisel was said to have been working on a stage adaptation of this work. (Lindemann 2005, 11-12)



The Seven Lady Godivas


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