The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
With pictures by W. W. Denslow.Chicago: Geo. M. Hill Co., 1900 Stock Code: 115135
"The great American fantasy" (Vardell)First edition, in the rare and desirable first state of both text and binding. The text has the following points: on p. 2, the publisher's advertisement has a box; on p. 14, line 1 has the misprint "low wail on the wind"; p. 81, line 4 from bottom has "peices" uncorrected; p. 227, line 1 begins: "While Tin Woodman"; the colophon is in 11 lines within a two-line box; with unbroken type in the last lines of p. 100 and p. 186. The plate opposite page 34 is in the earliest state with two blue spots on the moon; the stork plate opposite page 92 is the earliest state with red shading on the horizon; the copyright notice is not stamped or printed on the verso of the title. The binding is in first state with the publisher's imprint at the foot of the spine printed in capitals and in green; the rays surrounding the emerald on the lower cover are not outlined. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is "the best known portal fantasy of the 19th century" and a "landmark work of fantasy literature" (Stableford, p. lvii; Vardell, p. 222).
Quarto. Original state A binding of light green cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in red and a darker green, pictorial pastedown endpapers, issued without free endpapers. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
With 24 colour plates (including title).
Some light wear to spine ends and tips, some minor soiling to covers, discreet repair inside hinges, text block sound, internally fresh.
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