Queen Zixi of Ix; or, The Story of the Magic Cloak
Hard Cover. New York: The Century Co., 1905. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by Frederick Richardson. First edition, first printing. Original green boards with woman in forest to front board and Roly-Rogues illustration to rear board, titles in red to front board and spine, colored illustrations throughout text. Very good book with light rubbing to boards, a touch of toning to spine, light soiling to bottom right corner of front board and fore edge, a bit of wear and fraying to spine ends. Overall, a very attractive copy with bright illustrations. In Queen Zixi of Ix, two orphans, Bud and Fluff, are gifted a magic cloak by fairies that grants a wish to the wearer. When the vain Queen Zixi hears about the cloak, she devises a plan to steal it for herself. The story, which Baum said is "nearer to the 'old-fashioned' fairy tale than anything I have yet accomplished," teaches the importance of wishing wisely. While not technically part of the Oz series, Queen Zixi of Ix is set in two regions, Ix and Noland, that neighbor Oz, and some of the story's main characters appear in Baum's fifth Oz book, The Road to Oz (1909).