New York: Russell, 1900. 4to, x, 190 pp. Color frontispiece and 15 two-color plates within the pagination. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, a really good copy of a book rarely found in even adequate condition. In a new box. First edition, in the first state binding with pictorial endpapers. This is Baum’s first book (although Mother Goose In Prose was published first). This title was an obvious attempt to cash in on the popularity of “Alice In Wonderland”; it was late reworked and published as “The Surprising Adventures of the Magical Monarch of Mo”. Aleph-Bet notes: “A notoriously rare Baum fantasy, that when found is usually lacking the frontis.” Not in Cotsen, Oppenheimer, Osborne, or Gumuchian.
Peter Hanff noted: “The volume has sixteen color inserts, including the title page, as follows: facing the title page, the title page, and facing pages 4, 12, 28, 38, 48, 60, 72, 92, 104, 120, 132, 152, 168, and 186. The plates, though unnumbered, are included in the pagination. Justin Schiller once had a file copy from the publisher that was annotated to indicate that the firm had run short of frontispieces.”. Item #104471