first edition Green cloth with gilt lettering & pictorial paste-down on front board (1st state binding). Chemised, and housed in a custom
1901 · Indianapolis
by Baum. L. Frank
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co, 1901. 1st edition, 3rd state (Schiller Collection, #77). Green cloth with gilt lettering & pictorial paste-down on front board (1st state binding). Chemised, and housed in a custom green cloth slipcase with black leather spine labels. Nr Fine (sq & tight/bright cloth & gilt/faint discoloration in lower margin of first dozen leaves).. , 245 pp. Illustrated by F[anny] Y. Cory. 12 inserted color plates (including frontis). 40 headpieces/tail pieces. 8vo.
Rob Joslyn, the young hero of The Master Key, is a character modeled on Baum's second son, Robert Stanton Baum. "This book, dedicated to Robert, is due in its inception to his love of electrical toys." [Baum, as quoted in Beinvenue].
(Inventory #: 12290)