FAIRY TALES on the STAGE, Pamami Press, L Frank Baum 2012 Hand Bound


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Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s love of printing, Oz scholar Michael Riley produced five works by Baum at his own Pamami Press between 1978 and 1984. He hand set all the type, printed the pages on a press similar to one Baum might have used, and hand bound each copy. The press ceased operation when Michael moved to Germany to teach, and the few unsold copies of his books were put in storage. Since then, these books have become sought after collector’s items and are described fully in The Book Collector’s Guide to L. Frank Baum by Paul Bienvenue, pages 271-277. In 2011, Dr. Riley was able to re-establish the Pamami Press in a new location and begin production again!

Offered here is Fairy Tales on the Stage by L. Frank Baum, the first new book from The Pamami Press since 1982. This new 2012 edition is the first separate publication of this important article from 1905 and consists of only 65 numbered copies (of which 50 are offered to the public). Printed by hand in black ink with green and orange highlights, each copy is bound by hand in light gray/green cloth with orange end papers, and a light green dust jacket. Pp. vi + 13. This is a small volume; size is just 5 ½” x 4 3/8”.

This was the project that had been in the works when Riley moved to Germany in the 1980s; only four pages had been completed. It is appropriate then that a redesigned version of this title be the first project of the re-established Press. Accompanying each copy of this new 2012 edition is a separate pamphlet containing original pages from that first version.