.n.p. LIFE, ca. 1944. Wraps. Very good. Item #21395 .
Folio. Six pages in color reproducing sixteen of Denslow's drawings, as well as eleven incorporated into the text, from the first edition of the first Oz book. The pages are adhered to stiff paper wraps, and are an extract from a larger periodical. There is no pagination nor indication of year. However a text reference to the only then availably complete edition was Bobbs-Merrill at $2.50 leads us to date this at about 1944 which was when that edition was in print at that price.
Baum's story has been condensed to showcase Denslow's art. We suspect this was published in response to the MGM musical, as the first sentence opens with "LIFE here presents the long forgotten original illustrations by W. W. Denslow for the now rare 1900 first edition of L. Frank Baum's children's classic."
And here are The Kalidahs, The Queen of the field mice, china people, Hammer-Heads and Glinda.
In very good condition. An unusual Oz item.