First edition of the second book in the fantasy series Baum hoped would be the successor to his Oz works – the failure of which led him back to writing about Oz.
"I ventured into a new field of fairy literature."
By 1910, Baum was tiring of the Land of Oz and wanted to create new fantasies. In 1911, he published THE SEA FAIRIES as the first in a new series; SKY ISLAND is the sequel, also illustrated by Oz artist J.R. Neill. In order to boost sales, Baum incorporated two characters (Button Bright and Polychrome) from THE ROAD TO OZ. A "much richer fantasy" and "far superior" to THE SEA FAIRIES, according to Baum biographer Katharine M. Roger, "even so, it sold fewer copies." The book's disappointing commercial performance was a determining factor in Baum returning to the tried-and-true Oz books. Even after the new series was abandoned after this book, its characters were not: Baum incorporated them into his Oz books, making them the heroes of SCARECROW OF OZ (1915). Very scarce in such nice clean condition.
Read more: Roger, L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz: A Biography, 191-3.
Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co, (1912). 9'' x 6.5''. Original red cloth with color pictorial paste-on. Color pictorial endpapers. Ads on verso of half-title listing the 2-6th Oz titles plus John Dough (first issue). Illustrated by J.R. Neill with 12 color plates and many black-and-white images. 288 pages. Contemporary ink presentation inscription on printed bookplate page. Slightest bit of shelf wear.
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