Hard Cover. Chicago: The Reilly and Britton Co., 1911. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by John R. Neill. First edition, first printing. Publisher's green boards with Neil illustration of three characters inside a shell to front board, illustration of underwater scene to endpapers, 12 color plate illustrations and a number of black and white illustrations throughout the text. Very good book with some rubbing and soiling to exterior, a few stains to rear cover, some rubbing to spine ends and edges, very light soiling to a few text leaves, hinges cracked but sturdy overall. Overall, an excellent copy with gorgeous color plates. The Sea Fairies tells the fantastical story of a little girl named Trot and her peg-legged sailor friend, Cap'n Bill Weedles. Invited by mermaids to an underwater kingdom, the two are abducted by the evil hybrid sea creature Zog the Magician and must escape his clutches. After penning The Emerald City of Oz (1910), Baum had become tired of Oz and wanted to try his hand at a new series. He wrote The Sea Fairies and its sequel, Sky Island (1912), but neither achieved the enormous success of the Oz books. Baum later gave Trot and Cap'n Bill starring roles in the ninth Oz book, The Scarecrow of Oz (1915), which is said to have been his personal favorite of the series.