Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., c.1951. Later Printing. Small quarto, publisher's blue cloth, spine stamped in black, original illustrated dust jacket.
Early edition of the 31st 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 1937, this midcentury edition has plain cloth boards (unlike the first edition, which had a mounted pictorial label), and 38 titles listed to rear flap of dust jacket (of which Handy Mandy is #30). Moderate rubbing and edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket, with several closed tears to edges. Nonetheless very good in scarce original dust jacket. Item #3514