THE MAGIC JAW BONE: A Book of Fairy Tales from the South Sea Islands.
Edition: First edition.
Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, (1906.). Hardcover first edition - Three stories from the Maori of New Zealand, edited with an introduction by Hartwell James with forty illustrations by John R. Neill (best known for his illustrations for the Wizard of Oz books). An appealing small volume, one of several titles in Altemus's Fairy Tale Series. The full page drawings have frames composed of small pictures of items important to the Maori culture, and in addition to these and the smaller entexte pictures, there are illustrated initials at the beginning of each chapter, headers at the beginning of each story, and many other decorative elements. Printed with red borders at the top of each page, red highlighting and decorations throughout. 106 pp plus 2 pp of publisher's advertisements.
Condition: Near very good in illustrated tan cloth - the signatures are stapled rather than sewn and the center sheet from one of the signatures (pp 37-40) has become loose. Gift inscription on front endpaper. Very uncommon, and especially so in this condition.