Monday, June 28, 2010
The Sign of the Goose
Well, I read through the description of the 1905 edition in Paul's book and found no mention of any copy of the 1905 edition as ever having a white goose on the spine! Yet my copy, (see image at left) which I have had for years, is sitting on the shelf with its sunbonneted goose as white as can be! I contacted Paul (and a few others who are interested in such bibliographical peculiarities) and it seems I have an unusual variant. All other reported copies have a plain red goose on the spine (see image below). I like to think my "white goose" variant is earlier than the other "plain goose" copies.
Aside from just sharing an unusual copy of an already rare book - I blog about this to show that sometimes an interesting rarity is sitting right on your shelves and you don't even know it! The moral, of course, is: pay attention to your books, learn a bit about book collecting, read the pioneering work on the subject, Bibliographia Oziana, and get a copy of Bienvenue's lovely and informative Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum.
FREE Tiger Tales you can read the Three Wise Men of Gotham and Pussy-Cat Mew, though our on-line version of Pussy-Cat Mew is Baum's slightly revised version from L. Frank Baum's Juvenile Speaker (1910).