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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls by  Alice  (Illustration)  Edith  [L. Frank Baum]; Carsey - First Edition - 1918 - from Swan's Fine Books and

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

by Van Dyne, Edith [L. Frank Baum]; Carsey, Alice (Illustration)

Condition: Near fine/Good

Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1918. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Good. Carsey, Alice. First printing (with Reilly & Britton imprint), with original dust jacket, octavo size, 255 pp. The fourth book of the "Mary Louise" series written by L. Frank Baum under his "Edith Van Dyne" pseudonym, and the last of Baum's books published during his lifetime. The fifth book in the series was penned by him but published posthumously; after Baum's death in 1919 Emma Speed Sampson took up the Van Dyne pen name and wrote the next five books in the series. In "Liberty Girls" Mary Louise and her gal pals collect funds to support service men, providing a shining example to girls of true patriotism and duty. Scarce with the dust jacket, this the first printing, published by "Reilly & Britton", with only three copies recorded in OCLC and, as of this writing, only two (lacking the dust jacket) available in the market. ___DESCRIPTION: Publisher's light blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in dark-blue, one frontispiece plate in black and white half-tone by Alice Carsey; octavo size (7.75" by 5.75"), [1-8] 9-255 pp., first edition, first printing. Pictorial dust-jacket with "The Bluebird Books" printed in blue at the top of the front panel, inset illustration of a flock of bluebirds, with the W.S.S. seal on the spine, the back panel showing five books in the Camp Fire Girl Series, summary of the book on the front flap, list of The Bluebird Books on the back flap, showing the four books in the Mary Louise series, ending with this tite; jacket with all first printing points mentioned in Bienvenue. ___CONDITION: Near fine overall, the binding is clean and the lettering bright, text block is square and tight with solid hinges, internally clean and bright; head and tail of backstrip lightly bumped, shallow dent to the bottom edge of the front board, the corners showing a hint of rubbing, prior owner bookplate to the front pastedown and vintage bookseller's ticket to the rear pastedown (Smith Brothers, Oakland). The dust jacket is good only, while still in one piece it suffers from some soiling and chipping, without loss to text or illustrations; please see pictures and request more if needed. ___CITATIONS: Bienvenue, p. 339; Thompson & Hanff, "Bibliographia Baumiana", p. 279. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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