New York: The Century Co., 1909. Item #02947
What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
King Denslow I…
DENSLOW, W.W. When I Grow Up. New-York: The Century Co., 1909. First edition, first issue with verso of title-page dated September, 1909.
Quarto (9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches; 248 x 180 mm.). 104 unnumbered pages. 24 full-page color illustrations and numerous others in monotone and black & white.
Original tan cloth, front cover and spine pictorially decorated in orange, white and black. Early ink inscription on front free-endpaper. A near fine copy of a very scarce Denslow title.
A wonderful little book showing the professions that children dream of including: The Admiral, The Actor, The Soldier, The Sailor, The Poet, The Cowboy, The Fisherman, The Pirate, The Hunter, The Fireman, The Detective and The Policeman.
"The book contains poems and pictures which first appeared in St. Nicholas magazine, November 1908, through October, 1909, with ten additional episodes which had not previously been published." (Greene & Hearn).
William Wallace "W. W." Denslow (May 25, 1856 – May 27, 1915) was an American illustrator and caricaturist who is best remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The royalties from the print and stage versions of The Wizard of Oz were sufficient to allow Denslow to purchase Bluck's Island, Bermuda, and crown himself King Denslow I.
Greene & Hearn, 44.