Here is a rare copy of The Royal Book of Oz, the Copp Clark (Canadian) first edition. Oz experts know that Copp-Clark published many of the Oz books simultaneously with the first editions of Reilly & Britton and Reilly & Lee, and that they are much rarer than the American editions. 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”. Since Royal Book is the first Oz book by Ruth Plumly Thompson (although credited on the cover to Baum), this is the first Copp Clark book by Thompson. Copp Clark imprint on both the spine and the title page. Copyright 1921. Also contains 12 amazingly colorful plates by John R. Neill, including the one opposite p. 255 with the misprint “Scarecorw’s” for “Scarecrow’s”.
Book is in worn condition; good but not very good. Color cover pastedown has some rubbing and soiling; spine and cloth have edge wear and fraying. Some fading to spine. Hinges are cracked but holding, with rear one glue repaired. There is a 1922 date and pencil inscription on Book Belongs To page. First gathering slightly loose. The 12 color plates are all present and in very good condition, except 2 B&W illustrations are colored. Pages are good overall. An acceptable copy of a hard to find Oz edition.