"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chicago and New York: George M. Hill Company, 1900.
First state of text; mixed first state of plates; second state binding. With the following points: publisher's advertisement is enclosed in a box, page 14 line 1 has "low wail on", page 81, fourth line from bottom has "peices", page 227, line 1 begins "While Tin Woodman", the colophon on the rear pastedown is set in eleven lines and enclosed in a box, perfect type page 100 last line and page 186 last line, no copyright notice on verso of title page indicating one of the 1st copies, plate facing page 92 is in the second state, without red shading on the horizon, in second state binding with "Geo. M. Hill" stamped in red on spine. Quarto. 259, [1, blank], , [1, blank] pages.
Original publisher's light green pictorial cloth, decorated in red and dark green. Professionally re-cased. Color pictorial pastedown endpapers (the front pastedown printed in black and gray and the rear pastedown printed in black and red). Issued without free endpapers. This copy with added end sheet for strength. Light wear at the head and foot of the spine, corners abraded, and with general shelf wear, former young owner's name neatly written (and stamped) on the second front free endpaper, otherwise a sound copy in very good condition, sold with a custom slipcase.
The first and best-known of Baum's Oz series and immortalized by the 1939 MGM movie starring a young Judy Garland. This copy is quite handsome and in much better condition than those commonly encountered.
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