Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co., 1905. 1st edition, first printing (Baumiana pp. 82 - 84; Bienvenue, pp. 217 - 219). INSCRIBED by the author on the copyright page. 46,  pp. Color illustrations by Ike Morgan, said by Bienvenue to be executed "in a vibrant comic-page style, and his grotesque characters fly out at the reader from every brightly-colored page." Folio. 15" x 11". According to the publisher, "bound in stiff cardboard, handsomely decorated." Here, we offer binding variant A, with the blank rear cover, with an unrecorded red cloth spine. Housed in a custom orange cloth clamshell case. Light wear & soiling; random, unobtrusive ink marks to rear board, title leaf reinforced along verso gutter. Withal, a pleasing Very Good copy of this unusual early Baum title. Item #46734
Baum inscribes this copy, "My dear Ruth: / Here is a story / of true and faithful / love. The moral is / to be layal to your / desires, that your / steadfast quest - even / if it fails to get the / whole gown - will result in / your winning a neck-tie, at / least- Always yours, / L. Frank Baum. / To Ruth Robinson / of Coronado / March 1, 1905"
Said by Bienvenue to be "remarkably difficult for collectors to find, particularly in good condition. ... the large book is one of the most delicate and ephemeral of all Baum's publications."