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Books on Film: How to Spot a First Edition of The Cat in the Hat

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My book collection is as haphazard as they come. Maybe because of this, I’ve always admired folks who collect books with a purpose – 1st editions, signed copies, all the winners of a specific award – that kind of thing.

I recently came across this video, where a rare book expert breaks down all the elements that indicate a rare first edition of The Cat in the Hat.

Time to play Book Detective . . .

Cat in the Hat First Edition

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. The best moment in that video is when he says that the condition of the book is rather pleasant. A very British thing to say.