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 and illustrated front and rear cover.
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. Cover has light soiling but is still attractive. Text block edges are unevenly discolored. Front hinge slightly cracked; rear hinge cracked with unprofessional glue repair (last photo). Endpapers discolored and finger soiling on and off throughout. Occasional corner folds or tiny tears. 16 color plates in very good condition. A good but not very good copy of this unusual Oz-related collectible, tough to find in the first printing.