9 June 2004
SEUSS, Dr., illustrator. A collection of 34 issues of Judge magazine, all with illustrations by Dr. Seuss, 1928-1931. 4o. Original pictorial wrappers.
In 1927, Seuss interviewed with Norman Anthony, the editor of Judge and a well-known talent scout. Seuss was offered a job as writer and artist and given a desk at their offices on 48th Street. "His salary was seventy-five dollars a week, and he was jubilant. This was the breakthrough about which he had fantasized since Dartmouth. To celebrate, Ted took Helen for a spaghetti dinner at a midtown speakeasy, and they agreed they had waited long enough. They would be married as soon as it could be arranged" (Morgan & Morgan, p.60). Seuss's three main themes for his cartoons were Prohibition, booze and speakeasies. Because of censorship concerns, he adopted the name Seuss, later expanding it to Dr. Theophrastus Seuss. "'I am writing for Judge'" he wrote a friend, "'and must dumb things up. Hence the assumed name'" (Morgan & Morgan, p.64).
[With:] Jack-o-Lantern. Vol. XV, No.4. January 1923. 4o. Original wrappers. A publication of Dartmouth College with two very early Seuss cartoons which he signed "Geisel." (35)
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