NEILL, JOHN R.. [BAUM,L.FRANK]. OZ TOY BOOK: CUT-OUTS FOR THE KIDDIES. Chic.: Reilly and Britton 1915. Oblong 11 1/4 x 8 1/4". Pictorial cardboard cover, green cloth spine, string tie. A few corners repaired, light normal cover soil and wear and crease on cover, complete, unused and overall VG-Fine. Consisting of 16 pages with 54 Oz characters designed to be cut out and affixed to wooden stands for play. Directions for making the wooden stands are inside the front cover. Each leaf is printed on one side of the page and illustrated with bold bright colors. See 100 Years of Oz by John Fricke p.43 where he notes "The Oz Toy Book was drawn by the inimitable Neill as a promotion for the series. Baum, who had not been consulted about its publication, was unhappily astounded when he saw the work advertised in the 1915 Reilly & Britton catalogue. Today, few of the fragile Toy books survive intact or complete." See also Oz Scrapbook by Greene and Martin p.41-3, 47. One of only a few known copies, the others reside in private collections.
(Inventory #: 31724)
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