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Map, Pictorial, Marvelous Land of Oz, c. 1920s

$425

Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz
Reilly & Lee, Chicago: c. 1920s
Color process print
9 x 13 inches

Pictorial map of the fictional Land of Oz, the setting for a series of 14 children’s books by L. Frank Baum. Although uncredited, it was separately issued, almost certainly by Reilly & Lee Co., a Chicago publisher for most of Baum’s Oz books, as a free marketing promotion for the books. The cartouche bears the whimsical credit, “Drawn by Prof. Wooglebug T.E.” The back is printed with a design of colored triangles centered on a monogram of an intertwined O and Z centered on an emerald.

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According to Baum’s conception, Oz is divided into four countries surrounded by desert: Munchkin Country, Winkie Country, Quadling Country and Gillikin Country. This map predates The Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland, which was made in 1939, and is meant to accompany the books. Although the map shows Oz more broadly than the movie, it has a marker in Munchkin Country “where Dorothy’s house fell” and shows the “Road of Yellow Brick” leading in a straight line to the Emerald City, a green region in the center. The Wicked Witch of the West’s domain is noted in Winkie Country, and the Palace of Glinda the Good is in Quadling Country, near the cartouche lower center. The border is a bold red outline. Numerous other whimsically-named geographical features and characters pertain only to the books, such as the land of Oogaboo in the upper right corner; and locations such as Flutterbudget and the College of Prof. Wogglebug.

The first published map of Oz was printed in the endpapers of Tik-Tok of Oz (1914) and contains a cartographic curiosity: Winkie Country, where the Wicked Witch of the West lives, is in the east, as it is on this map. There are various theories to explain this. For example, some speculate that Baum’s original map was a glass slide created for a traveling lantern show that followed the convention of placing west to the left, but that when this map was copied for the book, it was viewed from the wrong side of the glass side, and thus reversed. This discrepancy was at first resolved by altering the compass rose with east on the left. On later maps, including the Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz offered here, as well as the 1932 version, the compass rose is reversed back to normal, apparently inconsistent with the eastern placement of Winkie Country.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) was an American author best known for his beloved Wizard of Oz series of books, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). His fourteenth Oz book was published posthumously in 1920, but the series continued with several more books by other authors after Baum’s death.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, handling.  Vertical center fold as issued. Recently professionally cleaned, flattened and deacidified, and vertical center fold reinforced verso.

References:

Gjovaag, Eric. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz List of Frequently Asked Questions.” Wizard of Oz. http://thewizardofoz.info/faq04.html#5 (24 June 2008).

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Century

20th Century