[Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. 5.25.x 4.25 inches. 32 pages. Pictorial wrappers, stapled. In unusually fresh condition, the wrappers with slightest of toning and a few tiny spots, the staples lightly rusted. Item #408897
A SCARCE EARLY WORK BY DR. SEUSS. First edition, first inner rear wrapper variant reading "U.S. Government Printing Office: 1943 – 543637". This copy, with two staples, is considered the earliest.
During World War II, Theodore Geisel took a hiatus from writing children's books (his first, from 1937, was 'And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street'). Having previously been a commercial illustrator, Geisel worked during these years as a political cartoonist, and worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army. 'This is Ann,' a cautionary tale about malaria rendered in characteristic Seussian style, stems from this early period, before Geisel's emergence as one of the greatest children's book author/illustrators of the 20th century. Younger 78.