Denslow, W. W. Hard Cover. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1903 copyright, printed in 1920s-1930s]. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1903 copyright, printed c. 1920s-1930s]. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow, with 8 color plates and many in-text illustrations. Fifth edition, second state, with 8 color plates instead of 16. Publisher's green cloth, cover label with color illustration to front board with Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, titles and lion graphic in navy to spine; original dust jacket, with identical illustration to front panel, and a list of other books by Baum to rear panel. Near fine, with light toning and rubbing to spine ends, some tiny spots to spine, bottom of rear board lightly bumped, a hint of dampstaining along top edge of rear board, and exceptionally clean pages without nicks or tears; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, chips to tops of front and rear panel, some chipping and loss to spine ends ("Bobbs Merrill" missing from foot of spine), some small closed tears and creasing to edges, and light soiling to panels. Overall, a bright and sturdy copy, in its scarce dust jacket. Hanff & Greene I. 5, 2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, subsequently published under the shortened title The Wizard of Oz, is the first of Baum's books to feature the fictional Land of Oz. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, Baum created the first truly American fairy tale, with references to American physical and social landscapes. The story features a young female protagonist, Dorothy Gale, and tells of her adventures in the colorful world of Oz after being transported there from her Kansas home by a tornado. The novel is illustrated by William Wallace Denslow, a book designer and political cartoonist who had previously illustrated Baum's earlier works. The author and illustrator later disagreed about whose contribution garnered the book's commercial success and therefore deserved more of its royalties. As a result of this conflict, John R. Neill illustrated the thirteen Oz books Baum subsequently published. Item #LFB023