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Mcelligot’s pool by Dr. Seuss - 1st - 1947 - from Rising Phoenix Farm (SKU: 001)

Mcelligot’s pool

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Mcelligot’s pool

by Dr. Seuss

  • Used
  • good
  • hardcover
  • First
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RARE 1st Edition, Variant C first printing (according to Younger and Hirsch bibliography). Quarto bound in dark blue-green boards with black lettering. Unprinted spine.

Overall in great condition for its age sans dust jacket. A few small water stains on cover as shown. Corners have some wear and a small tear on bottom of spine as shown in pictures. Binding is in excellent condition. Small writing on back of first blank page (also shown) only. No rips or tears on pages


In this colorful picture book, a boy named Marco goes fishing in a small pond called McElligot’s Pool. As he sits waiting for a bite, a farmer calls him a fool and says “You’ll never catch fish in McElligot’s Pool!” Marco, however, refuses to be discouraged and spends the rest of the story describing all the fish that could be coming to McElligot’s Pool from the ocean. The story ends with Marco still fishing and the farmer scratching his beard and looking confused. The use of color and illustrations blur the line between fantasy and reality during Marco’s story, creating one of the most interesting aspects of the book. The text is made up of catchy rhymes and intriguing fish descriptions. The pictures complement the text and make the fish descriptions seem real. Interestingly, Seuss illustrates every other page in black and white. At the beginning of the story when Marco sits by the pond, the black and white emphasizes the concrete reality of the Marco talking to the farmer. After page one, every other page is in color. The color magnifies Marco’s fantasy about all of the fish, making them seem beautiful and real. At the same time, the black and white pages make Marco’s fish descriptions seem realistic.


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Rising Phoenix Farm US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
Mcelligot’s pool
Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
Book condition
Used - Good
Jacket condition
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Banned, rare

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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [More]
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