Rare Maxfield Parrish L Frank Baum 1st 1899 Mother Goose In Prose Fairy Tales Oz
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Rare Maxfield Parrish L Frank Baum 1st 1899 Mother Goose In Prose Fairy Tales Oz:
Mother Goose in Prose
L. Frank BaumIllustrated by
Maxfield ParrishFirst UK edition* Only UK copy currently available worldwide *Published by
Duckworth & Co., London
Date according to British Library catalogue.
Baum intro. dated July 1899.First published in America in 1897 (by Way and Williams, Chicago), Mother Goose in Prose represents three notable firsts: it was L. Frank Baum’s first children’s book; it was also the first book with illustrations by the distinguished American artist and illustrator Maxfield Parrish; and it included the first appearance of the girl Dorothy, who would feature so prominently in Baum’s most celebrated work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).According to a Bloomsbury sale catalogue, detailing the first American edition of Mother Goose in Prose:“When his sons were learning their Mother Goose rhymes, Baum told them bedtime stories to explain certain impossible incidents in the famous verses. His mother-in-law, the prominent Woman’s Suffrage advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage, encouraged Baum to write down these tales and sell them. He happened to show the manuscript to Chauncey Williams, who was looking for something for Maxfield Parrish to illustrate. Baum and Parrish never met, but they produced one of the most striking children’s books of fin de siècle America. Baum admitted that the public went wild for the pictures. Unfortunately publication was delayed into December and few copies were sold; Way & Williams went bankrupt early the next year. Duckworth & Co. of London issued a British edition in 1899 and Baum admitted that it sold better than the American had.”This first British edition appears to be much scarcer than the first American (itself very hard to find in good condition). I can locate no other copy currently for sale online. The only sale record I can find is from PBA Galleries, San Francisco, who sold a slightly better copy in 2012, for $5,100.I have listed this copy at the price achieved at the PBA sale, but would be happy to consider any reasonable offer.A very collectable copy of this important work. Rare in any condition.Contents include:
Introduction, Sing a Song o’ Sixpence, The Story of Little Boy Blue, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Black Sheep, Old King Cole, Mistress Mary, The Wond’rous Wise Man, What Jack Horner Did, The Man in the Moon, The Jolly Miller, The Little Man and His Little Gun, Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Little Bo-Peep, The Story of Tommy Tucker, Pussy-Cat Mew, How the Beggars Came to Town, Tom, the Piper’s Son, Humpty Dumpty, The Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Little Miss Muffet, Three Wise Men of Gotham, and Little Bun Rabbit.Condition
Book complete and intact, with no owner inscriptions. Contents very clean overall. Upper corners with creasing up to around page 37 (creasing progressively lighter into book; first corner also with tiny chip, second corner with nicks), a few tiny marks and pale smudges, two cracks between gatherings, light creasing to first few leaves plus slight bumping to first few fore-edges, foxing to plate leaves plus adjoining text pages (foxing mostly light, not very intrusive; first four plates, including title and picture-credit pages, a little more heavily affected). Endpapers as shown, including offsetting, a few foxing spots; front endpapers with a few tiny areas of chipping/loss to surface (perhaps from insects), front free endpaper with creasing to upper corner; both hinges with splits to paper (hinges holding). Edges of page block with soiling, light foxing, a few small marks; lower corner with usual slight shelf soiling. Binding and boards somewhat loose. Boards and spine with foxing, sunning and marks as shown; cloth wearing through slightly to corners (with tiny dabs of glue to strengthen), nicked to foot of spine, and with small torn area to upper board (tears repaired with bookbinding glue); spine with bumping top and bottom, plus a few tiny dents.
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Binding photographed (above) and scanned (below).
Cloth with foxing, plus torn area to upper board
Below: the largest of the two cracks
Below: the last story in the book,
featuring the little girl Dorothy.
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