BAUM, L. FRANK. 1856-1919.
DENSLOW, W.W., illus. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chicago & New York: Geo. M. Hill Co., 1900.
4to. 24 color plates and illustrations throughout by W.W. Denslow. Original pale green cloth stamped in green and red, spine spoiled with some wear to foot of spine, small stain at head of spine, covers evenly soiled, small edge-tear running through first 14 pages, one plate torn at gutter with a diagonal fold, occasional very light scattered foxing. Still a very good copy of a book often seen in poor condition.
Provenance: Gift inscription to fly-leaf dated Oct. 13, 1900.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with all points, and red unserifed spine imprint. The complex printing history of the original George M. Hill edition has been hotly debated for years. Jacob Blanck in Peter Parley to Penrod (1938) identified three printings of the first edition: States X, Y and Z. The major distinction between the three states was the copyright page. (The "Y" state may have been merely a mixed copy.) No doubt due to the haste in which the book was produced in 1900, Hill unfortunately printed Denslow's pictorial copyright page on the verso of the "Introduction" rather than on the verso of the title page as required by law. Some copies, as is the case with the present copy, left the publisher before the mistake was discovered. To correct the error, Hill had the verso of the title-page of remaining copies rubber stamped with the copyright notice: "Copyright 1899 / By L. Frank Baum and W. W. Denslow. / All Rights Reserved." This copy also contains the earliest state of the color plates with mistakes intact: two blotches on the moon, facing p 34; and a red horizon line, facing p 92. Riley, A Bookbinder's Analysis of the First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 2011, pp 26-29 and 35-47; see Hanff & Greene I.I.A.