"[T]he 'lost book' in L. Frank Baum's fantasy canon" (Michael O. Riley)
A NEW WONDERLAND
By L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Frank Ver Beck
First edition of this early children's book by Baum, published only months after THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ and thus almost immediately forgotten, with supplied facsimile frontispiece.
A NEW WONDERLAND
NEW WONDERLAND was delayed for publication after MOTHER GOOSE IN PROSE but largely composed before it. A marvelous fantasy, later drastically reworked and later published as THE SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF THE MAGICAL MONARCH OF MO, it also owes much to ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Scholar Michael O. Riley argues this work is "the basic book needed for a full understanding of the evolution of [Baum's] creative imagination." A notoriously rare Baum fantasy.
Read more: Riley, "L. Frank Baum's A New Wonderland: The Beginning of It All," in Revisiting Imaginary Worlds (ed. Wolf); Bienvenue, The Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum, 183-6.
New York: R.H. Russell, 1900. 10.75'' x 8.75''. Original quarter cloth, pictorial paper boards (Bienvenue binding A). Pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Ver Beck with 16 two-color plates (including title page) and numerous black-and-white vignettes. Frontispiece, frequently lacking, supplied here in high quality color facsimile., 190 pages. Water stain on lower quadrant of book running through the book which varies in visibility. Affected areas of pages slightly wavy.
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