"one of the most delicate and ephemeral of all Baum's publications" (Paul R. Bienvenue)
THE WOGGLE-BUG BOOK
By L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Ike Morgan
First edition of this rare Land of Oz spin-off, featuring a character from THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ (1904) that Baum made the hero of his newest stage musical.
THE WOGGLE-BUG BOOK
Upon the publication of THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ, the new character of Professor H.M. Woggle-Bug "became something of a national fad and icon" (Zipes). Just as the theatrical adaptation of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ met with great success, Baum hoped to capitalize on the popularity of the character by producing a stage musical of MARVELOUS LAND, but named after Woggle-Bug. That same year Baum published this short work, building upon his companion newspaper series, "Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz." The musical flopped, and the book (which relies regularly on racist humor) appears not to have faired much better. Poorly produced, it is infamously difficult to find in any kind of intact condition and has become one of the Oz books most talked about but least seen.
Read more: Bienvenue, The Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum, 217-9; Bibliographia Oziana (1988 ed.), p. 78; Zipes, When Dreams Came True: Classic Fairy Tales and Their Tradition, 202.
Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co, 1905. 15'' x 11''. Original quarter green cloth, stiff pictorial card wrappers with yellow stipple background and the title in yellow on rear wrapper. Illustrated by Morgan in color throughout.  pages. Faint staining and soiling to wrappers, as common; small portion of front bottom corner restored, same corner of title page a little frayed, else internally clean.
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