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    Baum's First Juvenile and the First Book Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

    L. Frank Baum. [Maxfield Parrish, illustrator]. Mother Goose in Prose - A Near Fine Copy of Baum's First Juvenile and Parrish's First Illustrated Book, Rarely Found in Such Beautiful Condition. Chicago: Way and Williams, [1897].

    First edition, first issue (composed of sixteen-page gatherings, except for the last two gatherings of eight and four pages, respectively). Quarto. 265, [3] pages. Twelve black and white plates (including frontispiece) by Maxfield Parrish.

    Original grey cloth pictorially stamped in color. A few spots on front cover. Previous owner's inscription on half-title. A near fine copy of this book rarely found in such beautiful condition.

    "Mother Goose in Prose was the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish [1870-1966]. By coincidence, it was also the first book written by L. Frank Baum [1856-1919], who later rose to fame as the author of The Wizard of Oz and other tales of the mythical country of Oz. The volume was not a collaboration in the true sense of the word, for the author and the artist never met...Imaginative in concept and executed with confidence and originality, the illustrations for Mother Goose in Prose brought Parrish immediate recognition as a young book illustrator of ability. An expression of strong individuality, the illustrations portray a bygone era that is the unique domain of the nursery rhyme or fairy tale...This series of black-and-white drawings illustrates Parrish's mastery of complicated technique and his ability to combine several media to achieve the desired effect" (Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, p. 25).

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