All 16 Color Plates
|Publisher||REILLY & BRITTON CO.|
Reilly & Britton Co., 1910. FIRST EDITION, very early state with identical advertisement as first printing on verso of ownership leaf listing five titles through "John Dough and the Cherub" 7” x 9 ¼ " Sixteen full-page color plates and black & white pictures in text. Good condition, green cloth with full-cover color illustrated paste-down and spine is lettered in black with picture of a rabbit in black and silver with "B" on his hat,. pictorial endpapers in black and orange, tightly bound with rear hinge starting, text pages tight and toned, edge wear, corners worn through, head and foot chipped on spine, overall very nice paste-down with chip and rubbing,.front endpage missing. Illustrated by the legendary John R. Neill with all 16 spectacular color plates in very good condition (one with small damp stain in border), a few black and white plates have been neatly colored in blue and yellow. Baum intended to conclude his popular series with this volume. By the tale’s end, the sorceress Glinda has made the fairyland invisible to the outside world, and Dorothy and her aunt and uncle, facing eviction from their Kansas farm, have settled in the Emerald City to stay. Baum’s own bankruptcy the next year, however, would mean he “had no choice but to call once more upon the magic of Oz in an attempt to restore his fortunes” 295 pages.