First edition, first state of the children's fantasy novel by Baum published in the early days of his Oz success (and considered by many critics to be within the Oz universe) – a beautiful copy.
THE ENCHANTED ISLAND OF YEW
"In 1903, when THE ENCHANTED ISLAND OF YEW was first published, L. Frank Baum could not have anticipated that his fame would ultimately rest on the series of Oz books that would follow THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ..." – Martin Gardner
Fairies, knights, and dragons populate this ever so slightly more traditional fantasy tale by Baum, though with a number of elements that remind readers of Oz – including a magician who is a fraud. At this early period, Baum was basking in the success of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ and its theatrical adaptation, but still experimenting with fantasies adjacent to Oz rather than squarely within what would become an epochal franchise. THE ENCHANTED ISLAND OF YEW's richly envisioned realm hearkens back to the stories of Arthurian romance, but is tinged with a humor and imagination that fit well into the wider Oz universe: appropriately, it is "a few miles off the east coast of Oz" on the International Wizard of Oz Club's official map of countries near Oz.
Read more: Gardner, Jinn from Hyperspace; Bienvenue, The Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum, 203-5.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1903). Full title: The Enchanted Island of Yew: Whereon Prince Marvel Encountered the High Ki of Twi and Other Surprising People. 9'' x 7''. Original tan pictorial cloth stamped in orange and black. Pictorial endpapers in orange and black. Illustrated by Fanny Y. Cory with 8 lovely color plates plus in-text images printed in orange (illustration on page 238 printed upside down, ref. Bienvenue). Title page printed only in orange and black. Printed by Braunworth. , 242 pages. Only faint soiling and very light wear.
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