The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

First Edition - Holy Grail Of Collecting

Publisher GEORGE M. HILL
Year 1900
Edition FIRST
Printing SECOND STATE
Pages 261
Binding Hardcover
Condition Good
$16,754.95
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George M. Hill, Chicago, 1900. FIRST EDITION, second state with all required “Points of Issue” (enumerated below) One of the holy grails of book collecting, to find a complete copy with all Denslow color plates and in relatively solid condition is truly an exceptional find and would be the apex of any book collection. Recent sales of this second state first edition have sold in excess of $55,000 with big budget motion pictures and other interest in the story at an all time high, continued and rapid appreciation may be expected.

Good condition, with all of the points of issue as called for - original "State 'C" green cloth binding with the "o" in "Co." of the publishers name at the bottom of the spine enclosed within the "C"; imprinted in red and green; front page advertisement is not enclosed in a box, as it would be in later editions; Page 14 reads "Low Wail of"; Page 81, fourth line from the bottom spells 'pieces' correctly; Page 227 first line spelled: 'while The Woodman'; the colophon at the rear of the book is 13 lines with no box around it. All 24 original full page color plates by W.W. Denslow are present and complete, rarely found as such, two plates detached but in place, two partially detached, some plates have faint damp stains along the edges outside the printed area. Binding attached but starting to get loose especially on the front hinge, outer covers are soiled and have mildew marks especially on the back, interior has no tape, tears or writing except as indicated. Excellent condition facsimile dust jacket with repeat of books cover on front, front page reproduced on reverse protected in mylar cover - allows for crisp and sparkling presentation of a century plus old classic! Needless to say, this is one of the finest additions to any collection, and a solid and proven investment. 261 pages (259 numbered pages, plus last two unnumbered.)