Lot 163 of 257:
Sam Steele's Adventures In Panama - inscribed by L. Frank Baum  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$5,000
Estimate:
$8,000 - $12,000

Title:
Sam Steele's Adventures In Panama - inscribed by L. Frank Baum

Author:
[Baum, L. Frank] Fitzgerald, Hugh, pseudonym

Place:
Chicago

Publisher:
The Reilly & Britton Co.

Date:
[1907]

Description:

310 pp. Illustrated by Howard Heath with 5 color plates, including frontispiece. (8vo), illustrated green cloth stamped in gold, blue, red white and green. First Edition.

Inscribed by L. Frank Baum on the front free endpaper: "Dr. Henry C. Baum and his girl with love of his brother 'Hugh Fitzgerald'." A very rare Baum title, even without the inscription.

One of only two titles written under Baum's Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald pseudonym. Although not successful, the publishers hoped that be re-issuing the two titles as part of another series that they might sell after all, so in 1908 this became part of the Boy Fortune Hunters series, also by Baum, using his Floyd Akers pseudonym. Because so few copies of the first edition survive, it is speculated that the publishers destroyed any extant copies in order to promote the new series. Bienvenue & Schmidt, p. 299.


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Condition:
Cover heavily rubbed with some soiling; interior with scattered foxing; very good.


 
Item number:
306323
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