THE WIZARD OF OZ c. 1956 Baum-Dale Ulrey 1st Thus Book, Oz Maps


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Here is an unusual version of the Wizard of Oz, with illustrations in color by Dale Ulrey. Copyright 1956, Reilly & Lee publishing with brown illustrated cover. This book was the first (along with the Ulrey Tin Woodman edition) put out as an experiment by Reilly & Lee in the fifties. They shortly after changed to blank covers and then to white cover editions, so this book is hard to find. I was surprised at how nice the illustrations were! All the illustrations throughout are colored in red and black. Also, with beautiful full-color Oz maps as the front and rear endpapers. Book Collector’s Guide to Baum lists it as the first printing of this edition (cover art, endpaper map) which soon moved to a plain green cover. With a revealing afterward by Baum scholar Edward Wagennecht.

The book is in near very good condition, with a clean cover but a little fading to the spine, and no dust jacket. The interior has a strong binding and intact hinges, but with some prior ownership markings–an address stamp on front endpaper, pencil name and date at top of title page, pencil notation about where the book was purchased on the copyright page. Otherwise the pages and clean and tight.