Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Company, 1907. Cloth. Very Good. Frank X. Flood. A remarkable, one-of-a-kind copy of the 1907 1st edition. Essentially a personal notebook/workbook of the illustrator R.J. Curtis, whose original --and very talented-- drawings run thruout. THIS COPY IS WARMLY INSCRIBED BY THE BOOK'S ILLUSTRATOR FRANK X. FLOOD TO R.J. CURTIS on the first blank endpaper. And Curtis, in turn, has taken virtually every blank recto and created his own wonderful illustrations and text just below the printed headings--the months of the year, which of course make up Father Goose's "Year Book". (As designed, the book has Baum's printed text on each verso and, opposite, a blank recto on which the reader is to record his monthly activities. On this copy, Curtis has treated each of these rectos as a blank canvas on which to create his own narrative). The book itself has held up nicely as well. Tight and VG in its green cloth, with a lavish pictorial paste-on to the front panel. Light scuffing to the paste-on and at the rear panel, light fading along the spine and the rear panel edges. Octavo, handsomely illustrated thruout by Frank X. Flood and, as noted, rendered unique by the equally-talented original illustrations (40 all told) by R.J. Curtis.
(Inventory #: 16517)
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