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Sold: Baum’s Own Book for Children 1912 1st Edition L Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz



Here’s Baum’s Own Book for Children, a compedium of condensed L Frank Baum stories, published by Reilly & Britton in 1912. As described on p. 236-237 of the Book Collector’s Guide to Baum, this book was a re-titling of Baum’s earlier Juvenile Speaker. 1st edition, only one printing, two variants–unknown which was first, but Bienvenue calls this “B” with the first printed page being the title page. Filled with black and white art by John R Neill.

The book is in good condition–with some flaws. The cover has some scuffing, particularly to the rear cover, and the edges and corners of the paper covered boards are worn. Spine still looks very good. The interior has split hinges, and there is a large 1915 inscription on front endpaper, as well as some bookseller’s pencil notations. The pages are in overall good condition, with a bit of soiling, and one page with a large tear near the gutter.