L. Frank Baum and Barry Moser. L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. No 136 of an edition of 350.
(West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press. 1985). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
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Barry Moser designed and illustrated this volume with 63 wood engravings, all printed in black. A double spread additional title page, chapter titles, running titles, opening initials and page numbers are printed in several colors. The type used here was Van Dijck, set in Monotype. The archival paper is Mohawk Letterpress and the hand composition was done at the Press by P. Chase Twichell; the calligraphy is the work of Yvette Rutledge. The printing was completed in the summer of 1985 and the book bound by David Bourbeau.
Moser created an accompanying pamphlet: Forty-Seven Days to Oz: a Chronicle of the Studies for the Illustrations for The wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is in this pamphlet that he reveals that he based some of the characters on the administration of Ronald Reagan, who was President of the United States at the time of the book’s creation. Two of the main characters, the Wizard and the terrifying Wicked Witch of the West were inspired by Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Moser’s two daughters were the models for Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch.