BAUM, L. Frank.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With Pictures by W.W. Denslow. First State of the First Edition.
George M. Hill Co.,, Chicago / New York, 1900,
BAUM, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With Pictures by W.W. Denslow. [Chicago / New York : Geo. M. Hill Co., 1900]. First State of the First Edition. Pp -[261,(1),+ 15 (of 24) full-page colour plates. Text Illustrations. 8vo, illustrated pale green cloth, stamped in red and green. First state points : page 14 line 1 begins “low wail on”; on plate opposite page 34 the moon has two dots; page 81 fourth line from bottom has “peices”; page 227 line 1 begins “While Tin Woodman”; colophon on rear pastedown in 11 lines with the initial letter in red and enclosed in a box; in B binding with publisher printed in red and with the O outside the C at foot of spine; however, lacking plate opp. p. 92 (and thus first state point cannot be verified – red shading on horizon) and lacking first leaf (and thus first state point cannot be verified – box around ads on page 2). The 15 of 24 plates present (and condition) are : opp. p. 14 “She caught Toto by the ear.” (detached, edge chipped and short tear not affecting plate); opp. p. 20 “I am the Witch of the North.” (very good); opp. p. 34 “You must be a great sorceress.” (very good); opp. p. 36 “Dorothy gazed thoughtfully at the Scarecrow.” (very good); opp. p. 66 “You ought to be ashamed of yourself!” (very good); opp. p. 102 “Permit me to introduce to you her Majesty, the Queen.” (smudgeaffecting plate); opp. p. 112 “The Lion ate some of the porridge.” (tear a long gutter not affecting plate); opp. p. 126 “The Eyes looked at her thoughtfully.” (small smudge not affecting plate); opp. p. 138 “The Soldier withthe green whiskers led them through the streets.” (tears along gutter not affecting plate); opp. p. 150 “The Monkeys wound many coils about his body.” (tears along gutter not affecting plate); opp. p. 160 “The Tinsmiths worked for three days and four nights.” (detached); opp. p. 170 “The Monkeys caught Dorothy in their arms and flew away with her.” (detached, tear to fore-edge affecting plate); opp. p. 212 “The Scarecrow sat on the big throne.” (tears along gutter not affecting plate); opp. p. 246 “The Head shot forward and struck the Scarecrow.” (vertical crease); opp. p. 254 “You must give me the Golden Cap.” (tears along gutter not affecting plate). Lacking 9 of the 24 colour plates, text block detached from casing, hinges broken, spinecloth torn and spine ends chipped, heavy wear and smudging to cloth, lacki ng first leaf and bottom 2.5 inches of title page (and thus cannot verify publisher's information), brown stain to bottom margin of pp. 96-103, tears and chipping along fore-edge of pp 113-114, tear along bottom edge of pp 251-252, numerous leaves loose, a poor, defective copy with complete text. The foundation for a restoration. As is. Net price. 4,500.00