W W Denslow Griffin Title Page “On the Heights” Rand McNally Wizard of Oz

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Here is an interesting early book with title page design by W.W. Denslow of Wizard of Oz fame: On the Heights by Berthold Auerbach, published by Rand McNally, undated but circa late 1800s. Denslow designed a number of elaborate book covers for Rand McNally during the 1896-1899 period, but also did a stock title page used on a few books with two stylized griffins. Den’s seahorse is shown twice, at upper left and on lower right. The books with this title page also feature a gilt eagle Great Seal with a diagonal ribbon in different colors on the cover. This one is in dark blue.

The book is in good minus condition, as it’s missing the front endpaper and half title and appears to have been glue repaired. Small tear at top of title page, and moderate wear to cover and spine. Still a nice and possibly unrecorded Denslow title.