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December 13, 2023
December 21, 2023

The internationally-loved American artist Dr Seuss – born Theodor Seuss Geisel – has arrived at Castle Fine Art just in time for Christmas. So don’t be a Grinch; take a look at the selection of limited edition works from some of the best-known children’s books ever!

The Cat – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition £2,450

Adapted posthumously from the illustration for the 1958 book, “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”. One of Dr. Seuss’s most iconic characters, the Cat in the Hat, gives us the ultimate permission to tap into our childhood ambitions of unimpeded fun. He effectively breaks down the paradigm of being an adult and allows us to be a child alongside our own children as we share his stories.

The Cat has played a starring role in multiple Dr. Seuss books and earned a coveted accolade as corporate logo for one of the most successful book publishing ventures in history, Random House’s Beginner Books Division.

Horton – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition £2,450

Adapted posthumously from the illustration for the 1954 book, “Horton Hears a Who”. Dr. Seuss had a fascination with animals that began when he was two years old and the family moved to the Fairfield Street house that would be Ted’s home until leaving for Dartmouth. From his open bedroom window, Ted could hear the night cries of animals at the Springfield Zoo in nearby Forest Park. It wouldn’t be long before excursions to the Zoo were a regular occurrence for Ted and his sketchpad—that’s when fascination turned to love.

In “Horton Hatches the Egg” (1940), the compassionate pachyderm named Horton was born. Then in 1954 with the publication of “Horton Hears a Who!”, this classic creature, with his soulful eyes skyrocketed into one of the most heroic children’s book characters of all time. To this day Horton remains a lasting symbol of equality, faithfulness, and humanity.

Green Eggs and Ham – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition £1,450

This iconic 60th Anniversary image appears on the last page of “Green Eggs and Ham” and seems to mark the culmination of Dr. Seuss’s own ambition, determination, open-mindedness, and willingness to meet challenges head-on.

In Dr. Seuss’s tale, Sam never gives up on his quest to get his friend to try something new. In fact, he asks 16 times before he finally succeeds. It is this same opportunistic determination that Dr. Seuss himself harnessed early in his career when trying to secure a publisher for his first children’s book. He shopped his first manuscript, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, to 27 different publishers, with each one of them turning him down. It wasn’t until his 28th attempt that he succeeded. His determination paid off and the rest is history.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Book Cover Limited Edition £495

Adapted posthumously from the illustration for the 1957 book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”. Dr. Seuss came up with the idea for The Grinch the day after Christmas when he looked in the mirror and saw a rather Grinch-ish look on his face. “Something had gone awfully wrong with Christmas or maybe with me” he said.

Weary of the over-commercialization of Christmas and sensing that the meaning of the holiday was being lost in the wrappings and ribbons, boxes and bows, Ted Geisel sat down and wrote How The Grinch Stole Christmas! when he was 53 years old.

This piece is a Lithograph Limited-Edition on Somerset Paper with an authorised printed signature by Dr. Seuss.

See the full Dr Sues Collection here

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