QUEEN ZIXI OF IX 1st Edn/ 1st Prt L Frank Baum Oz Book 16 Color Plates 1905


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Here is a rare first edition book by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum called Queen Zixi of Ix, or, The Story of the Magic Cloak. Illustrations are by Frederick Richardson, published in October 1905 by the Century Co. in NY (press of Braunworth & Co). 16 fabulous color plates. According to the Book Collector’s Guide to Baum, this is a first edition, first printing! With the illustration on p. 171 in terracotta and black, illustrated front and rear cover, and inserted rear endpapers.
Frank J. Baum wrote, “My father always said he believed this story to the the best fairy tale he ever wrote”. See for yourself! 303 pages, including 16 three-color plates that are not done justice by the photos. Also many beautiful in-text illustrations in terra cotta & black, pink & black, gold/orange & black and light turquoise & black. They don’t make books like this any more!

This book is in good condition, with a couple flaws. First, there is finger soiling throughout the book, and second, it is missing one leaf–p. 77/78. The color plate opposite has been re-inserted and has ragged edges. The other 15 plates are present and in very good condition. The cover (front and back) is very good with just light soiling. Both inside hinges are intact. There is a ~1″ tear at title page near gutter, not really visible until you turn the page over. A decent but not great copy of this unusual Oz-related collectible, very tough to find in the first printing.