BAUM,L.FRANK. MOTHER GOOSE IN PROSE. Chicago: Way & Williams (1897). 4to (9 1/2 x 11 1/4", 265p., grey pictorial cloth stamped in color on both covers. Slight cover soil, a few inconspicuous small archival margin mends and some wear at inner hinge (not weak), really an excellent, clean copy. First edition, first issue (all 16-page signatures except for the last two gatherings, terminal leaf (not terminal page) concluding on , striped headbands. THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK WITH MAXFIELD PARRISH'S ILLUSTRATIONS AND ALSO L. FRANK BAUM'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK FOR CHILDREN! Illustrated by MAXFIELD PARRISH with wonderful color pictorial covers, pictorial title page, plus 12 black and white plates. For the text, Baum retells many classic nursery rhymes in story format. This is a beautifulg copy of one of the most desired of all children's books. The first issue is extremely hard to find. See catalogue of Schiller auction #4).