Grampa in Oz Book, 12 Color Plates Ruth Plumly Thompson Reilly & Lee, late 1920s


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Here is a nice early printing of Grampa in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Copyright by Reilly & Lee, with 12 color plates by John R. Neill. (This is the only early Oz book that didn’t have a color frontispiece as one of the 12 plates). Brick red cloth with attractive illustrated endpapers. The type at the bottom of p. 171 is damaged, indicating that while this is an early (pre-1935) printing, it’s not the very 1st printing. Plates are coated only on the printed side.

Book is in quite nice overall condition, but with a couple flaws. The exterior cloth is in good condition, as is the color pastedown, but there is a large number “12” written on the spine and on top of the text block, and some scratches on the back cover. Inside, the front hinge is quite cracked with the mull (webbing) showing; the rear hinge is intact. Book Belongs to page has two ink names and a 1936 inscription, and bookseller’s old pencil notation. The rest of the book is very clean, and all 12 color plates are present and in excellent, near fine condition.