Craig Olson Books Newsletter

Quirky New Arrivals

I was lucky to have a three-day weekend in Western Maine last week. 

What did I do while Melissa was at her conference? 

I went book hunting, of course!

Here are some new arrivals that are just plain interesting.


The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)


There's a lot more where these have come from so browse our website HERE or stop by the shop.

Next time you're in the area, don't forget to stop by Craig Olson Books, at 99 Main Street in Belfast, Maine, where we have a large selection of books in all subjects.


Baum, L. Frank; Neill, John R. (Artist).
The Tin Woodman of Oz.
Chicago, IL: The Reilly & Britton Co., 1918.
Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 288 pp. 8vo. Red cloth boards with color chromolithograph illustration pasted to the front board. Slight wear and scuffing overall, minor sunning to spine. Illustrated endpapers in black and white, Interior quite clean with all color plates present and quite sharp. Previous young owner has penciled in, "WEEEE..." coming from tin pig on the half-title page.

An exceedingly scarce edition in very good condition.
Price: $600.00  
Burgess, Gelett; Irwin, Will.
The Lark: Book II-No's. 13-24.
San Francisco: William Doxey, 1897.
Hardcover. First Edition. Unpag. Brown cloth covered boards with a color woodblock illustration by Florence Lundborg of a figure playing a pan flute. Light scuffing, clean tight copy with a previous owner's bookplate pasted to front pastedown. Volume contains one year's monthly issues plus the "Epilark," a final sally.

The Lark ran from May 1895 until May 1897, each 16-page issue was a fanciful collection of creative writing, cartoons, and miscellany. Begins with the year's index followed by twelve 16-page issues. Printed on handmade paper variously described as Chinese rice paper, Chinese bamboo fiber paper, and just bamboo paper, the sure thing is that the stock is untrimmed at bottom edges, appears in various weights, and occasionally is so thin that pages appear to be printed on doubled paper, many uncut. Important early illustration by L. Maynard Dixon, "Vals de Monterey Viejo" accompanied by his poem of the same title published as a supplement to Issue #22, February 1897.
Price: $125.00  
Twain, Mark; Benton, Thomas Hart (Artist); DeVoto, Bernard (Editor & Introduction).
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Tom Sawyer's Companion].
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1942.
Hardcover. Limited Edition. lxxvi, 396 pp. Brown cloth boards with paper title pasted to spine, spine cloth has darkened slightly. Interior clean and crisp. Brown paper slipcase with paper title pasted to spine as well, paper hinge at top of case has split halfway along joint, in Very Good condition.

Produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is #698 and signed by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) on the colophon.
Price: $400.00  
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