This spectacular book is in my current possession but does not, unfortunately, belong to me!
It came from an estate I am helping to sell off. Luckily, when I came across this rare book, I was able to point out to the owner what she in fact had here. It was published in 1910.
Drawings are by John Rea Neill. (1877-1943). He was best known for illustrating more than 40 stories set in The Land of Oz.
I don't think I have ever held a book that touched me more on an emotional level. The Art Nouveau styling and dark quality of the drawings are mystical/magical.
I think this current economic climate is not the time to try to sell this rare edition. That actually suits me just fine.
I like it sitting on my shelf for a while...