Chicago, IL: The Reilly & Lee, ca. 1920. John R. Neill. Fifth Printing. Hardcover. Tan boards with paste-on to front board peeling and partially unadhered..Spine stamped in black only. Considerable rubbing, fading, discloration and minor rippling (rear board) to cloth. General rubbing to extremities.
Blank endpapers. No plates per se, but the book is loaded with color images -- 40 full page color illustrations, including the lovely frontispiece of Ozma. Numerous colored half-pages as well. Verso of half-title page. lists titles through "Glinda of Oz". 2 in. closed tear to illustration on p. 109.. P. 221 printed in black and white.
The letter "O" missing from Author's Note, p. 11, line 5, . All illustrations present and accounted for.Only two advertisements on verso of ownership page AND on p. 272 -- The Land of Oz (1904), and John Dough and The Cherub (1906). Fair. Item #86619
Baum's Author's Note on p. 11 reads: "My friends the children are responsible for this new 'Oz Book'...Their sweet little letters plead to know more about Dorothy'; and they ask: 'What became of the Cowardly Lion....'...If...the little folks find this new story 'Real Ozzy', I shall be very glad indeed that I wrote it..."