JOHN DOUGH AND THE CHERUB. Baum, Frank.

JOHN DOUGH AND THE CHERUB ...

Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Company Publishers, [1906]. Large octavo, illustrations in color and black and white by John R. Neill, publisher's pictorial gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, brown and black, rear panel stamped in black, pictorial endpapers. First edition, first printing, first state with the misprint "cage" for cave", page 275, line 10. The publisher's imprint on the spine panel reads "THE REILLY & / BRITTON CO."; the detachable contest blank for "The Great John Dough Mystery" printed on yellow paper is present. "John Dough the gingerbread man is based upon a character created by Baum in his 1903 unproduced musical 'Prince Silverwings.' While the story was serialized in several newspapers from mid-October through December 1906, the publishers sponsored a competition to determine the sex of his genderless companion Chick the Cherub; few copies of the first edition survive with the contest blank still attached." - Schiller. Baughman 65. Schiller 150. Some rubbing and soiling to cloth, red and brown color stamping on spine rubbed, wear to cloth at spine ends, corner tips and tiny spot along lower rear cover, 70 mm closed split at bottom of inner front hinge carefully repaired, a very good copy. A very nice copy overall. (23470). Item #23470

Price: $450.00

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