Here is the type of thing I love to find, the Copp Clark (Canadian) first edition of The Lost King of Oz, originally from Justin Schiller’s personal collection! This book was Lot #369 in the iconic 1978 Swann auction of Oz Club founder Schiller’s amazing Oz collection. What’s more, it comes with a hand written envelope describing the book and a small card with Dick Martin artwork saying “An L Frank Baum Book from the Collection of Justin G Schiller. As detailed in his Descriptive Catalog (369)”. The Martin artwork is based on Denslow and shows the Scarecrow and Tin-man carrying a huge stack of Baum books. And, the original auction tag with “369” stamped on it. Gee, the more I check this out the less I want to sell it, but…I will. Oz experts know that Copp-Clark published many of the Oz books simultaneously with the first editions of Reilly & Britton and Reilly & Lee. 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”.
This book has the Copp Clark imprint on both the spine and the title page. Copyright 1925, written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, this is one of the earliest first printings with perfect “k” on line 4 of page 193. Also contains 12 amazingly colorful plates by John R. Neill. The book is in good plus condition, with pastedown a little scuffed and dirty, spine and rear with light wear, two former owners’ names on ownership page (one dated Dec 1976, so he was the purchaser from the auction. We will forgive him, since he did save the ephemera!) A few pencil marks to bottom of text block, small piece of tape between frontis and title page, and foxing to endpapers. All 12 color plates present and in very nice condition.