The Enchanted Island of Yew

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Author: L. Frank Baum

Illustrator: George O'Connor


BAUM, L[yman] Frank. The Enchanted Island of Yew. Illustrated by George O’Connor. NY: Books of Wonder, 1996. 8vo, [viii] 178pp. + [2] advts. Navy cloth with spine stamped in gold. Pictorial endpapers; hand-colored limitation leaf, 22-full page and numerous smaller b&w illustrations. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed and numbered by the artist, George O’Connor, on a hand-colored limitation leaf.  

Deluxe edition, being number 26 of 35 signed and numbered copies with a limitation leaf hand-colored by the artist. A limited edition of 350 was also released whose limitation leaf featured the b&w illustration, but was not hand-colored. Originally published in 1903, a few years after the success of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this juvenile fantasy novel was largely overshadowed by the success of Baum’s Oz series. Newly illustrated by acclaimed artist and graphic novelist George O’Connor, this edition brought this wonderful tale to a new generation of readers. Baum’s story of a beautiful young fairy who is magically transformed into a gallant prince for just one year and sets out on an incredible journey filled with daring and exciting exploits, was an early example of Baum’s interest in playing with genders.