1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Likely first edition; early state of one plate.


An early copy of the Wizard of Oz, with the double dots on the sun on the plate "You must be a great sorceress."

This copy is missing five pages, and five plates, and is rebound for library use.

I think it was in circulation from 1900 to 1918 (the date on the library card). During that time it suffered a few scribbles, some page-edge tears, lost pages, a library rebinding, etc..

Despite the condition only three pages with text are missing, so it's an affordable opportunity to read the first edition in the comfort of your home. Most early copies sell for thousands of dollars.

Without the binding, it is difficult to say exactly which "state" of the 1st edition this copy is, but the dots on the sun, previously noted, are regarded as an early printing point which was quickly changed. But the "tin" on 227 has been updated, and the stork's eye is wide, so it's a "mixed" state of the 1st edition.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 20.5 x 16 x 3 cm. Red cloth library hardback. Illustrated. 261 pages. 19 plates present (missing title, tornado, "the tree fell", being led into the Emerald City, and tinman being repaired).

Condition -

See pictures. Rebound, crude library rebinding, no inner hinges, binding literally bound.

Missing five leaves (title, 13/14, 15/16, 257/258, colophon) and five plates (19 of 24 present).

Occasional thumb, sometimes surprisingly dark. Often a small tear at bottom edge of page but longer tears from bottom at plate with Witch of North (2"), 83, 105, 126, 143, 247, 249, 251 (2"). Chip at fore-edge of 33 and the plate after. Scribbles but erased on plate at 114, 153 and page 259. Occasional dog-eared corner. Chipping at bottom of plate at 148. Old paper repair of 3" tear, crude, at 171 and 219. 5" tear, unrepaired, from bottom of 245.

Pages 254 to end (261) were folded and still have the crease mark; same pages also crudely repaired at fore-edge, and worn. Page 259 was bound in after 261 (and as noted before, 257 missing, and colophon).

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