Sold: LOST KING OF OZ 1st Edition Wizard of Oz Book 12 Color Plates Ruth Plumly Thompson


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Here is a first edition of “The Lost King of Oz”, one of the harder to find and thus more desirable vintage Oz titles. Written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, successor to L. Frank Baum. Copyright 1925 by Reilly & Lee, 1st edition, 1st printing according to the Book Collector’s Guide to Baum, as it has 12 beautiful color plates by John R. Neill, with a glossy coating only on the front side. Also with near perfect text on line 4 of Page 193, indicating one of the earlier copies printed.

Book is in very good minus condition overall, with a little bit of scuffing to the pastedown. The cloth is in nice shape save for a small pull at the back of the spine as shown in one of the pics (about 1/4″ long). The interior endpapers have heavy toning, and a cute bookshelf bookplate, as well as a name on the ownership page. The front hinges is tight and the rear one is cracked, but holding. The pages are very clean and all the 12 color plates are intact and in great condition (one with a small edge tear). There are a couple small cracks in the text block, but the book still is structurally strong. A nice copy overall.