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Here is a fun early book with cover design by W.W. Denslow of Wizard of Oz fame: Our Modern Navy, 1898 by Rand McNally Co. Denslow designed a number of elaborate book covers for Rand McNally during the 1896-1899 period. For more information see “W. W. Denslow” by Greene and Hearn, the Oz Enthusiast blog at, or the Spring 2015 Baum Bugle. Our Modern Navy is not signed by Den as some of these covers were, but is listed in his ledger of Rand McNally work and the font and ornaments are consistent with his. Filled with photographs and graphical information about the American Navy at the time of the Spanish American War.

The oblong book is about 10″x7″ and in fair to good condition with some soiling to cover, Howard A Talmadge stamped at base of front, faint pencil markings to rear, front free endpaper missing, a cute ownership page in pencil by Howard where he is imitating some of Denslow’s art, rear endpaper with some chips. Other pages in nice condition with some age toning. A rather hard Denslow cover to find, and from my personal collection until I’ve decided to let it go.