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Father Goose. His Book - 3 printings  

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Father Goose. His Book - 3 printings

Baum, L. Frank


Geo. M. Hill Co.



3 volumes. Illustrated in color throughout by W.W. Denslow; hand-lettered text by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (4to) 28.5x22 cm (11x8½") color pictorial boards.

Includes copies of the third, fourth and sixth printings. Baum's first full collaboration with Denslow, following Denslow's contribution to "By the Candelabra's Glare", and it was an unexpected bestseller. It went through 6 printings (or editions) by George M. Hill, all scarce because of the book's fragile format. Although the copyright pages of the second and later printings list a history of consecutive "editions" (actually printings), all copies issued by the Geo. M. Hill Co. are considered to be successive printings belonging to a single first edition. Bienvenue & Schmidt, p. 169.

Lot Amendments

Wear and soiling to boards with rubbing to extremities, some chips to heads and heels of spines, sixth printing with 3" loss to spine at heel; third printing with two date stamps "December 25 1899" on rear pastedown, interiors solid with occasional bits of finger soiling; all volumes very good.

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