Here is a rare copy of Queen Zixi of Ix, the Copp Clark (Canadian) first edition, first printing. Oz experts know that Copp-Clark published many of the Oz books simultaneously with the North American first editions, and that they are much rarer. See “Oz in Canada” reference book for more information, where C. J. Hinke says, “Collectors of Oz books have long recognized that Copp Clark copies are very scarce”. The Copp Clark Company imprint on both the spine (in tiny letters) and the title page. Illustrations are by Frederick Richardson, published in October 1905. This book is an especially interesting Oz collectible in that it was published simultaneously with a Baum book published in the US by Century Co, rather than Reilly & Britton.
Frank J. Baum wrote, “My father always said he believed this story to the the best fairy tale he ever wrote”. An elaborately designed book that includes 16 three-color plates and many beautiful in-text illustrations in terra cotta & black, pink & black, gold/orange & black and light turquoise & black. The illustration on p. 171 is in terracotta and black, as called for in the 1st printing.
In fair to good condition only; the main flaw being badly split hinges with some of the mull (webbing) split as well, about 1/3 of the way down on both front and bad. Needs careful handling. Covers have corner wear and some fraying at spine ends, but graphics are still nice. Inside, all 16 Richardson plates are present and in good condition with one small edge tear. Pages are complete but with heavy finger soiling in spots from our little Canadian friend, and with one page retipped in. With definite flaws, but still super hard to find and of note to hard core Baum collectors!