Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration
Deluxe Signed Limited Edition, 88 of 100
Signed by 30 Authors and Artists Including Maurice Sendak, Tomie dePaola, Paul Zelinsky, Madeleine L’Engle, Natalie Babbitt, Chris Van Allsburg, Kinuko Y. Craft, Peter Sis, Mark Buehner, and Eric Carle
This is a deluxe signed limited edition of “Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration” published by Books of Wonder/HarperCollins, New York in 2000 with a limitation of 300 copies of which only 100 were offered by sale with this being number 88. Created to benefit the children’s literacy charity Reading Is Fundamental, this lovely tribute to Baum’s “quintessentially American” and universally appealing fantasy boasts brief essays and lush, colorful art from 30 luminaries of 20th-century children’s literature, all of whom signed this edition. They are: Lloyd Alexander, Natalie Babbitt, Mark Buehner, Janell Cannon, Eric Carle, Kay Chorao, Kinuko Y. Craft, Bruce Degen, Tomie dePaola, Leo & Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Jules Feiffer, Michael Foreman, Diane Good, Michael Hague, Troy Howell, Trina Schart Hyman, William Joyce, Madeleine L'Engle, Ann M. Martin, Robin McKinley, Jerry Pinkney, Maurice Sendak, Uri Shulevits, Peter Sis, Mark Teague, Chris Van Allsburg, Richard Jesse Watson, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
From the publisher, “Can it really be one hundred years ago that a little girl from Kansas rode a tornado to a wondrous land called Oz? The adventures of Dorothy and her friends have enthralled generations of readers over the last century. Now, in Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, thirty beloved children's book authors and artists pay tribute to the enchanted land that has done so much to nourish our imaginations, to make us laugh, and to inspire us. In words and images, these great storytellers and illustrators pay homage to an American classic. From a joyous vision of skipping down the Yellow Brick Road alongside Toto...to moving memories of turning to Oz as a source of comfort during wartime...to warm tales of parents and children shoring the pleasure of discovering a magical world together, these reflections celebrate all that is most special about Oz. Oz has proved to be an image of hope in the most difficult of circumstances, and the vivid words of L. Frank Baum have entranced even the most reluctant of young readers. Appropriately then, in addition to offering tributes to Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, and their friends, Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration honors reading itself Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), which brings diverse literacy activities and free, new books to three and a half million children every year.”
Measuring approximately 11.5” x 8.75”, the book is bound green cloth covered boards with an illustration by Maurice Sendak affixed to the front board. The title is stamped in gold gilt on the spine. The book is housed in a matching slipcase. The book is signed by the 30 artists and authors on the limitation page. Laid into the book is the invitation to the exhibition held at The Society of Illustrators for the works from the book.
The book and slipcase are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book, slipcase, and the signatures on the limitation page appear in the photo section of the listing.