Here is a hard to find Baum book: “Babes in Birdland” (A Fairy Tale) by Laura Bancroft. Bancroft is one of L Frank Baum’s (Wizard of Oz author) pseudonyms. Copyright 1911 by Reilly & Britton, first edition, first printing with Laura Bancroft credited on front, rather than L. Frank Baum. Eight lovely color plates by Maginel Wright Enright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s sister. Several pages of ads for Baum stories in the back, including one for the Twinkle Tales, also by Bancroft/Baum, that says “several critics who have read The Twinkle Tales and favorably compared Miss Bancroft’s stories to Mr. Baum’s work.”
Book is in fair condition only, with substantial wear. The cloth spine has some abrasion/rubbing as shown. The paper covered boards are scuffed and worn, especially at at corners. Inside, the pages are all there, but with heavy soiling and wear, but with all 8 GORGEOUS color plates. Binding and hinges are intact and in good shape; endpapers have soiling, pencil erasure to ownership page, one page with corner torn off as shown, other more minor tears. All 8 color plates are present but some with tears, the largest 2″ long, and one soiled in corner as shown. Still, a hard to find Baum title with all eight color plates present.