Boners – First Edition, with illustrations by Dr. Seuss
New York: The Viking Press. 1931. First Edition, First Impression.
8vo, 6.25" x 5.25. 102 pp. Cloth, dust jacket (price clipped); moderate wear.
Boners described on the title as"being a collection of schoolboy wisdom, or knowledge as it is sometimes written, compiled from classrooms and examination papers" is the first ever published book featuring the unmistakable work of Dr. Seuss. The listed editor, Alexander Abingdon, does not exist. The name was added as a place-holder by the manufacturing manager of the Viking Press and was due to be replaced by a "big name" when one was found to write the introduction. One was not found in time and they forgot to remove the name. Ironically, the good doctor himself would become the Biggest Name in books in just a few years.
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