Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., (1953). Ulrey, Dale. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size,  pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #171116077
While L. Frank Baum's (1856-1919) stories of the land of Oz are his most popular and successful works, Baum wrote a number of animal stories in 1905, which he called "animal fairy stories", going beyond animal characters that merely talk and display human characteristics; his animals contain a magic so utterly drawn from the Wilderness they inhabit. "Jaglon and the Tiger Fairies" is one such story, telling of the noble tiger Jaglon who, with the help of the delightful tiger fairies, reclaims his place as king of the Wilderness.
This volume is the first edition of "Jaglon" in book-form, and is an extended version of the original short story, adapted by American writer and Oz-scholar Jack Snow (1907-1956); it includes black-and-white watercolours by Dale Ulrey (1904-1989), who captures the charm and liveliness of Baum's text in the visualisation of endearing characters.
___DESCRIPTION: Full teal cloth, pictorial paste-down with title in black and illustrations of a tiger and tiger fairy in four colours on the front board, title page with black-and-white illustration of a tiger and tiger fairy by Dale Ulrey, black-and-white watercolours by Ulrey throughout; quarto size (10.75" by 8.5"), 39 unnumbered pages. In a teal pictorial dust jacket with title in black on the front panel, four-colour illustration of a tiger and tiger fairy on the front panel, illustration of a tiger fairy with jungle motif on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a list of Oz books on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped, with the original price of $1.95 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards are clean overall with some minor soiling to the rear board, some rubbing to the corners and to the head and tail of the spine, and boards are slightly cocked, else fine. The dust jacket is very good plus, unclipped, clean overall with minor soiling, overall edgewear, and some slight chipping to the head of the spine and to the tops and bottoms of the creases.
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