The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book.New York: Blue Ribbon, 1934 Stock Code: 98934
"WE ARE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD"First edition, first state, with publisher's imprint to the spine. A most unusual toy book; the reader was invited to take the die-cut figures and assemble them into three dimensional models which, when placed on the provided sloping runway, would move or "waddle" down on their own. A very scarce Oz title, this is one of very few known copies containing the original waddle figures: Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Wizard.
Quarto. Original green cloth, illustration pasted down to front board, titles to spine in black. With dust jacket. Housed in a green flat back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.
W. W. Denslow illustrations throughout including 8 colour plates.
Inscription to verso of the dedication page, short closed tear to first three pages at fore edge, corners and ends of spine lightly worn and rubbed, spine lightly faded, mild bumping to rear cover edges, hinges starting, in the a fantastically bright dust jacket with light wear to flap folds and ends of spine, mild creasing and very short closed tears to top edges. Complete with the 6 full colour printed pages containing the "waddles", the pages have been detached from the book but not from the page it self, they remain in bright and unused condition, original paper instructional envelope including the full colour runway "The Yellow Brick Road" is also present with slight wear to the edges, brass waddle fittings are present. A truly exceptional copy, with only the paper band which held instructional envelope to the book lacking.
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