Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West [with] Son of a Witch

New York: ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins, 1995 / 2005. Smith, Douglas. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 763 total pp., both volumes signed by Gregory Maguire. Fine / near fine. Item #171116013

"Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" is a work of revisionist fiction by Gregory Maguire (b. 1954), retelling the story of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" from the perspective of Elpheba Thropp, who becomes The Wicked Witch of the West; the novel re-examines the characters of Baum's story, their relationships and ulterior motives, as well as political and social turmoil in the Land of Oz.

The novel is the first in The Wicked Years series, followed by "Son of a Witch" (published in September 2005), "A Lion Among Men" (published in October 2008), and "Out of Oz" (published in November 2011). In 2003, the novel became the basis for the Broadway musical "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth as Elphaba and Glinda the Good Witch, respectively; it is the sixth-longest running show on Broadway at the time of this writing.

We are offering "Wicked" with "Son of a Witch"; both volumes are the first editions, and both are signed by Maguire. Douglas Smith provides scratchboard illustrations for both novels, rendering the characters with dramatic line work and stark contrasts that match the depth and darkness of the story.

___DESCRIPTION: Wicked: Full pictorial paper with illustrations by Douglas Smith surrounded by borders of trees on the front and rear boards, red and black lettering inside a pink rectangle with a round pictorial vignette on the spine, fore-edge rough cut, endpapers with a hand-drawn map of "The Land of Oz", title page in black and white with same round vignette illustration taken from the front board, inside a grey background and decorative border, running decorative borders with black-and-white vignettes throughout, five full-page black-and-white illustrations beginning each section by Smith; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-406, inscribed by Gregory Maguire "best witches / Gregory Maguire" on the title page. In a cream paper dust jacket with red and black lettering on the front panel surrounding a round opening with borders made of branches on the front and rear panels, title inside a white rectangle and orange border on the spine, reviews of the book on the rear panel, and a description of the book on the front and rear flap with author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of "$24.00" on the front flap.

Son of a Witch: Full pictorial paper with identical colour illustrations by Douglas Smith on the front and rear boards, green and purple lettering with round vignette illustration on the spine, endpapers with hand-drawn map of Oz, black-and-white illustrations by Smith beginning each section; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-viii] ix [x-xii] [1-2] 3-334 [335-336] 337, signed by Gregory Maguire on the title page. In a pictorial paper dust jacket with green and purple lettering and a round opening on the front panel, green and purple lettering and vignette illustration on the spine, reviews for the book and "Wicked" on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of "26.95" on the front flap.

___CONDITION: Both volumes are fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the bindings tight with solid hinges, the interiors clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new.  The dust jackets are near fine, both unclipped, clean with bright colours, with very slight creases to the corners, else fine.

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Price: $350.00

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