Posted on 01/30/2019 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Among the Dr. Seuss memorabilia being auctioned off this Thursday: a thank-you letter to a friend who prevented him from burning his first children’s book.

Dozens of publishers had rejected And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street when, one fateful day in 1936, the author was walking it to the incinerator and bumped into Mike McClintock, reports the Guardian.

In the 1957 letter, Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel) credits McClintock — a college classmate — with not only saving the book from the trash, but with also helping get it published.

The letter, along with two others and two pages of illustrations by Seuss, will start at $3,500. Read more about the Seuss artifacts in the Guardian.

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