The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Illustrator: Michael McCurdy
BAUM, L[yman] Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Kansas Centennial Edition. Illustrations by Michael McCurdy. Foreward by Ray Bradbury. [Lawrence, KS]: University Press of Kansas . Wide 8vo, xviii 1933pp. Black quarter-cloth spine stamped in silver with black boards. Orange endpapers; 26 full-page b&w illustrations and 25 smaller b&w pictures, all done in scratchboard. A fine copy in original pictorial dust jacket. With a bookplate signed by the artist, Michael McCurdy, laid-in.
First edition thus. To honor the centennial of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s publication in 1900, the University Press of Kansas released this special anniversary edition that combines Baum's original text with the contributions of two renowned artists: book illustrator Michael McCurdy and writer Ray Bradbury. Distinguished by McCurdy's beguiling scratchboard illustrations and Bradbury's provocative meditation on the Land of Oz, this wonderful edition celebrates the often joked at connection between Baum's wondrous story and the state of Kansas.