GEISEL, THEODOR SEUSS. 1904-1991.  Autograph Letter Signed ("Ted") with an original pen and ink illustration of a Dike Tree,

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GEISEL, THEODOR SEUSS. 1904-1991.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ted") with an original pen and ink illustration of a Dike Tree,

US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£ 1,900 - 2,700
GEISEL, THEODOR SEUSS. 1904-1991.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ted") with an original pen and ink illustration of a Dike Tree, 1 p, on Cat in the Hat stationery, 4to, n.p., n.d., to Phil Dike, touch of toning at edges, mailing folds.
Provenance: collection of Woodward Dike.

WITH AN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION OF A DIKE TREE. A whimsical letter to Geisel's close friend and fellow artist, the California painter Phil Dike (1906-1990). In part: "Your letter was greatly appreciated because, indeed, I still live under the pleasant shade of the Dike Trees. As a matter of fact, it is impossible for me to get from my bedroom to the front of the house without looking at and enjoying the great Dike masterpiece entitled 'Sudden Breeze' in which ladies and haddocks are being wafted about like clouds. So I am conscious of your presence on an average of 22 1/2 times daily." Above the printed image of the Cat in the Hat is an original drawing of a Dike Tree with spotted trunk. The Dike Tree features prominently in Seuss' The King's Stilts: a ring of them holds back the sea from flooding the Land of Didd; because their roots are food for the menacing Nizzards, they have to be guarded by Patrol Cats.
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