Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., c.1950. Later Printing. Small quarto, publisher's yellow cloth, spine stamped in black, color pictorial label mounted to upper board, illustrated endpapers.
Early edition of the 21st book in L. Frank Baum’s timeless Oz series. While the "Royal Historian of Oz" died in 1919, Baum’s otherworldly land of uncivilized fantasy carried on with the swift decision of his publishers to continue the series with the help of children’s book writer Ruth Plumly Thompson, whom the publisher discovered when he came upon Thompson’s work for the Sunday Children’s Page in Philadelphia’s Public Ledger. Her first Oz book was published in 1921, and she went on to write 18 additional books for Reilly & Lee before their relationship soured (possibly owing to her incorporation of romantic and moral themes). Illustrated throughout in black-and-white drawings by John R. Neill, considered by Baumn the "Imperial Illustrator of Oz" (he illustrated 39 of the 40 canonical books in the series and went on to write them after Thompson’s resignation). Originally published in 1927, this midcentury edition is in yellow cloth binding (as opposed to the green cloth binding of the first edition), with all illustrations in black-and-white. Early owner signature to "This Book Belongs To" page. Lacking scarce original dust jacket. Light rubbing to corners, minor soiling to boards. Near fine. Item #3513