Very Good. Item #10873
Chicago: George W. Ogilvie & Co., [1903.] First Edition. Octavo. 44 pp. with 22 (out of 24) of Denslow's original color plates from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz first edition, complete, with Russell's text printed on the blank backs. Two remaining "missing" plates are actually glued face down to inside of front and back covers. Two leaves at center, often missing from this volume, are detached but present. Illustrated cardstock covers with cloth spine.
Light edgewear and some surface scratching to boards. Binding is sound aside from detached leaves mentioned above. Bit of red discoloration to back of front cover and to title page, but pages otherwise unmarked and illustrations remain bright.
Bienvenue suggests that these booklets may have been printed as a souvenir for the 125th performance of Broadway Majestic Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, its hugely successful stage adaptation of the Baum and Denslow fairy tale. Scarce in retail.
[Bienvenue & Schmidt pp. 145-146].