Indianapolis [IN]: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1903). 4to. Recently rebound in full green morocco, all edges gilt. Raised bands, gilt rules and lettering on spine, gilt illustration on front panel (mimicking the house and cyclone illustration at the beginnig of the first chapter.) Color illustrations throughout by W.W. Denslow, including 16 plates. Second edition, second state, but the first of the Bobbs-Merrill printings. Baum's first book in his Oz series, originally published by George M. Hill as "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," in 1900. This copy inscribed by Baum on the front flyleaf. Item #62043
Greene, Hanff, Martin, Haff & Greene, in their "Bibliographia Oziana," [International Wizard of Oz Club: 1976], pp.26-8 list the points on the Bobbs-Merrill edition: "As the early Bobbs-Merrill printings have substantially the same setting of text as the Hill printings, they are technically part of the same edition. For clarity, however, we have retained the traditional usage "second edition." G. Thomas Tanselle, whom we cite in the introduction, suggests that such printings created from earlier plates but by a new publisher should be considered "sub-editions." In which case, this is the first "sub-edition." "