The Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Illustrator: Barry Moser
BAUM, L[yman] Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Illustrated by Barry Moser. With an Appreciation by Justin G. Schiller. Printed by Harold McGrath at the Pennyroyal Press. West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985. Square 4to, [xx] 271pp. Light tan linen stamped in gilt. Decorative endpapers; double-page title printed in 4 colors, 62 b&w wood engravings, and running title and page numbers printed in color to reflect where the story is in Oz. A fine copy housed in publisher’s original clamshell case. Laid in is a 28-page booklet detailing the artist’s process in creating the illustrations. Signed and numbered by the artist, Barry Moser.
First edition thus being #55 of 350 copies. Famed illustrator and printer Barry Moser captures the world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz in spectacular wood engravings in this lavish, fine press edition. Moser’s striking but subtle use of contemporary political references adds an extra dimension to this marvelous artistic triumph.