Two items: an original signed illustration of the Cat in the Hat in profile on an off-white 8.25 x 9.5 piece of quality artist’s paper, inscribed in black ink, “A Cat for Chris, with Best Wishes for the Best of Everything!” and signed in black felt tip, “Dr. Seuss.” Second, a signed book: The Cat in the Hat. Educational edition. NY: Random House. Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.25, 61 pages. Signed and inscribed on the reverse of a free end page in black ink, “With Best Wishes to my new old friend, Chris Padovano, Dr. Seuss.” The illustration is in fine condition, with toning to extreme edges from previous display. The signature within the book is in fine condition, and the book itself is in VG+ condition.
An experienced cartoonist and artist, Padovano shared a long-running ‘pen pal’ correspondence with Dr. Seuss for several years, even inviting the famed children’s author to his wedding ceremony in Florida. Cognizant that the California-based writer would be unable to attend, Padovano and his fiancee hoped that he would respond with a congratulatory note they could keep as a memento. To their elation, Dr. Seuss replied with this incredible drawing. Outlined in pencil, layered with black ink and felt tip, and realized with red artist pencil, this is an impressively sized rendering of Dr. Seuss’s most recognizable character, a ‘commission’ style piece made all the more desirable by its vintage appeal and uncommon detail. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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