Here is a must for any serious collector of L. Frank Baum’s works–The Musical Fantasies of L. Frank Baum by Alla T. Ford and Dick Martin, Wizard Press, one of 500 first edition copies published in 1958! Illustrated in black and white by Martin and with photographs throughout. This edition much rarer than the 1969 miniature edition, yet still bibliographically complex with several different binding types–this copy in the red cloth, Binding A according to the Book Collector’s Guide to Baum.
From the jacket of this wonderful little book: “Everyone knows that L. Frank Baum wrote one of the great children’s books of all time, The Wizard of Oz, and many people are aware that he was the author of a host of other children’s tales of a distinctly American genre. But how many of even his most devoted fans have heard about his lively theatrical career? Here, for the first time, is the story of the stage ventures of L. Frank Baum; all these spectacular productions–the sensational successes–the dismal failures–and the shows that never were produced at all. Also, for the first time, here are three all but forgotten scenarios from his own pen (Maid of Athens, King of Gee Whiz, Pipes O’ Pan)…Furthermore, this book offers a complete checklist of all Baum’s works including many hitherto unrecorded items, valuable details and first edition points. All this, and a wealth of rare posters, stagebills, and other Baumiana reproduced herein, will make The Musical Fantasies of L. Frank Baum a welcome, if not indispensible, addition to any library”.
Book is in near fine condition, clean and tight without writing or tears, with a near fine, complete dust jacket protected in mylar cover. With the original price of $3.75 on the rear flap.