St Nicholas Magazines
|Publisher||ST NICHOLAS MAGAZINES|
St Nicholas Magazine, 1905. TRUE FIRST EDITION, first printing. Extremely scarce, as it is the only L.Frank Baum work first to be printed in its entirety in serialization form. The book was published the same month this serialization was completed, October 1905. The story (whom many consider to be Baum's truest fantasy, even more so than his Wizard of Oz) is presented here in the early 20th century American children's magazine St.Nicholas. Issues included and containing all the chapters of this wonderful Baum work from November 1904 - October 1905. Offered here are seven (7) continuous issues, each with a serialization portion of Baum's "Queen Zixi of Ix" - Numerous bright color illustrations by Frederick Richardson. Overall very good condition, some spine and cover wear, couple very light stains on the border. Increasingly scarce original issue of a very early Baum work. Each measures approx.7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. The events of the book alternate between Noland and Ix, two neighboring regions to the Land of Oz. Baum often commented that this was the best book he had written. In a letter to his eldest son, Frank Joslyn Baum, he said it was "nearer to the 'old-fashioned' fairy tale than anything I have yet accomplished," and in many respects, it adheres more closely to the fairy tale structure than the Oz books. Although Oz remains by far the more popular, many readers have held that Queen Zixi of Ix is perhaps an even better fable than the legendary Wonderful Wizard of Oz!