Magnificently rare signed first edition of the final Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Signed book: Oh, the Places You'll Go! First edition. NY: Random House, 1990. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.25 x 11.25, 44 pages. Signed and inscribed adjacent to the half-title page in black ink, "With very best wishes to Amy! Dr. Seuss." Autographic condition: fine, with a tiny stain to extreme top edge. Book condition: VG+/VG+, with a tiny stain to the top edge of the textblock, slightly bumped corners, a soft diagonal crease to the front dust jacket flap, and some very subtle toning and soiling to the jacket.
Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner: "This book was given to me as a gift from my Grandmother when I was 3 years old in 1990. She was a personal acquaintance of Theodor Geisel / Dr. Seuss, they lived near each other and ran in similar social circles in La Jolla, CA."
Although unconfirmed, it remains highly unlikely that the author performed any public book signings for Oh, the Places You'll Go!, his final book, given that he had experienced complications from his oral cancer prior to the book's release date on January 22, 1990; Dr. Seuss would lose his battle with cancer at the age of 87, on September 24, 1991. Signed examples of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, the last Seuss book to be published during his lifetime, are virtually nonexistent, with RR Auction having sold one other last June; prior to that, our research reveals that no other example had sold at auction within the past 15 years.