As many may know, or not (as the case may be), I've gotta thing for auctions. I work at a few as Ringman, I write about auctions and I'm always on the lookout for neat stuff at the auctions (be it Oz or knot).
Anyways, one of the great things about auctions are the people you meet and the friendships you build. It was one of those auction friends who presented me the other day with a book he thought I might like. He said it had a scarecrow and tin man on the front but it wasn't written by Baum. He also mentioned that it was a 1904 book, as best he could tell.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. The Serendipity of Oz seems to be well acquainted with Karma and I am humbled by its power to amaze.
It turns out that this is a very rare and unique book from 1904 and was part of a larger series of children's picture books inspired by both the 1899 Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1902 stage play based on the aforementioned book.
Over the next few days, I will present the story and images that appear from within. It is a very quaint and pleasant story and the artwork is stunning.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma