Here is another adorable book by Oz illustrator W. W. Denslow: Denslow’s House the Jack Built. Copyright 1903, this is the true 1st edition published by Dillingham in 1903 with a dark background. (Later Dillingham printings used white accents, and then Donohue reprinted in several formats). This one especially nice in that it’s mounted on linen. According to well-known Baum and Denslow bibliographer Bill Thompson in the Spring 2015 Baum Bugle, “It is especially difficult to find good copies of these, when compared with the plain paper versions. The proportion of sales, plain paper compared to linen-mounted, is unknown, but twenty years of scouring shops and online sites for copies gives me a rough estimate of what has survived: I find about ten plain paper copies to every linen-mounted copy, regardless of condition, and of these, the plain paper copies are about three times more likely to be “complete” (meaning all pages present) ” This one is complete and in very good condition overall.
Fully illustrated with color and Denslow’s trademark seahorse signature on every page, as well as illustrated endpapers. And, as a bonus, a Wizard of Oz Scarecrow in the farmer’s cornfield! Oversized softcover, 9″ by 11″. Cover has light edge wear, spine has some creasing and light chipping, colors and graphics still bright and clean. Inside, 1903 inscription on front endpaper, light bumping to spine ends. Pages still clean and nice. Quite good for one of these fragile little books that are often loved to death. (Note: some of the linen titles say “Mounted on Linen” on the cover, but not all, as Thompson’s Bugle article states. This one does not have that statement, but is definitely the thicker linen format.) Recent reprints abound, be sure to get the original!
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