Signed by illustrator Barry Moser, the Pennyroyal Press limited edition printing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Square folio, 268pp. Full beige buckram, title in gilt on front cover. A fine example with bright gilt, clean text, and stunning illustrations. Complete with 63 wood engravings by Barry Moser. From a limited edition of 350 copies, this being number “V” signed by Moser. Includes small pamphlet titled “Forty-Seven Days to Oz,” which outlines Moser’s process for creating the illustrations seen in this copy. Housed in a matching beige clamshell with title in gilt on spine.
Barry Moser, an acclaimed illustrator and printmaker, is the visionary behind the Pennyroyal Press, a significant imprint in the landscape of fine press publishing. Established in 1969, Pennyroyal Press became an outlet for Moser’s distinctive craftsmanship, blending artistry and literature by producing limited edition books, notable for their exquisite quality and artistic illustrations. The press garnered widespread acclaim for editions such as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and the monumental Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, distinguished as the first bible illustrated by a single artist since Gustave Doré’s version in the 19th century. Pennyroyal Press, through Moser’s vision, thus played a pivotal role in reviving the art of fine printing and has left an indelible mark on the tradition of book arts.