First edition of this undersea fantasy meant to be the first in a new follow-up series to the Oz books, an unusually nice copy.
Very good plus.
"I hope my readers who have so long followed Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz will be interested in Trot's equally strange experiences."
Often called the "Underwater Wizard Of Oz," THE SEA FAIRIES was published in hopes that Baum could maintain his streak of homeruns without continuing to create new books set in the Land of Oz, of which he was beginning to tire. Lavishly illustrated with metallic borders in an Art Nouveau style by J.R. Neill, the same illustrator who worked on the Oz books, THE SEA FAIRIES nevertheless failed to reach the same level of sales. Even after the new series was abandoned (after the second book, SKY ISLAND), its characters were not: Baum incorporated them into his Oz books, making them the heroes of SCARECROW OF OZ (1915).
Read more: Bienvenue, The Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum, 244; Rogers, L. Frank Baum, Creator of Oz: A Biography.
Chicago: Reilly & Britton Co, (1911). 9'' x 6.5''. Original green cloth, gilt pictorial paste-on (Bienvenue Binding A). Pictorial endpapers in red and green, yellow text block edges. Illustrated by Neill with 12 duotone plates surrounded by green and yellow iridescent pictorial borders, plus many full page and partial page black-and-white images. 239,  pages. Lovely 1912 gift inscription on blank verso of frontispiece. A couple small, faint stains to boards, light bumping to spine ends, front lower corner with slightly bigger bump apparent also in text block.
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