The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s famous environmental story for children was published in two simultaneous first editions. A bookstore “trade edition” had a quote on the back by Rudolf Flesch in a blue box. The more scarce “library edition” had the same quote in a pink box. One of the points for identifying the true first edition(s) of this title are the number of other Seuss titles listed on the back cover, which, for the first edition, was 32 books. There’s also an unflattering reference to polluted Lake Erie that was removed in most of the later editions, after a Lake Erie clean-up organization petitioned Dr. Seuss’s publisher to recognize their efforts by removing the reference.
I purchased this book, in “Good” condition, at the Goodwill Superstore on Stony Point Road for $3.99 and subsequently listed it for sale on Amazon.com for $175.
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