I’m working on the next wave of Oz images for the Oz Club Instagram and love including vintage books in the assortment. This one, by Baum’s successor Ruth Plumly Thompson, was written in 1933 and was the 27th book released in the Oz series. Almost all of the original Oz books were illustrated by the AMAZING John R. Neill #vintagebooks#literature#books#johnrneill#illustration
While W. W. Denslow's illustrations in the first novel set the tone and are certainly iconic, John R. Neill became the original Oz series' permanent artist starting with the second entry. It's an improvement from the start, I think, and just gets better from there. By a few books in nearly every bit of art from the full-panel work to the little transitional pieces is just ridiculously lush.
Okay, there are no more appointments for tips-only tattoos tomorrow! But, friend, let's not despair, and together think of the future! LIKE NEXT SATURDAY, for example! There's a slot left, so get in touch! Image is a John R. Neill illustration, and I would greatly enjoy tattooing his work. #shoeboxtattoo#johnrneill#oz#inkdrawing
“The Marvelous Land of Oz”
by L. Frank Baum
The Reilly & Britton Co, 1904.
First edition, state 2.
This is one of the nicer copies out there. From my collection of Oz, I hope this book goes into a nice serious collector of Oz-Baum
This hardcover book is the "Red Cloth" version. (Some were issued in salmon pink and green cloth.) This is the second "Oz Book" in the series of 16 by Baum after "THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ" which was published in 1900 by Hill.
The book's condition is very good, way above what usually is found when this 114 year old book is seen. Presents itself very nicely for display on shelf, front or spine.
First edition, second state with “Published July, 1904” on the copyright page, square 8vo, pp. (1-4), 5-287, (1) blank, 16 color plates (all plates are present and each is original to the book, with no facsimile plates) --- the plates are after paintings by John R. Neill, with many black & white illustrations full page and in the text throughout.
Original red pictorial cloth with design and titles in dark blue & silver. One horizontal rule at the top of the spine & two at the bottom. Minimal spine end wear as shown in the photos. The title on the front cover is outlined in silver. Pictorial endpapers. A very nice copy with some wear to edges (please see the photos), and also a bit to the corners & extremities.
Sheets & plates very good. Front hinge starting to crack, the rear hinge is cracked. The book is solid. No loose signatures.
This book shelves nicely and excellent for display as well. with a nice spine and front cover. This item is now available for sale at my store on eBay, that wild-West venue that we serious real booksellers now must resort to (the link is on my bio profile), or you can purchase this directly through myself through PayPal.com (and take a 20% courtesy discount because you saw this here) #lfrankbaum#wizardofoz#thewonderfulwizardofoz#oz#marvelouslandofoz#ozbooks#landofoz#johnrneill#collectibleoz#rarebooks#firstedition#childrensbooks#fairytales#baumoz
As promised, here’s another picture of an illustration from “The Road to Oz” by L. Frank Baum.
It’s adorable to see the chibi version of the Cowardly Lion next to the “real” one from Oz 🦁
Who is your favorite character from “The Wizard of Oz” series? Think you can guess mine ;)
In my collection, I have the 1909 edition of L. Frank Baum’s “The Road to Oz.” Those notes at the top of the dedication page have always mystified me. 🎼 Are they a part of a message Baum wanted to give his grandson? For what instrument are those notes meant? 🎶
Ah! But that’s just a small part of the intricacies and mysteries behind a book’s magic 😊 📖
What book do you treasure?
If you’d like, I’d also be happy to share more pictures of “The Road to Oz” later :) Have a great night everyone! 🌝 🌚 🌙
Even as a kid, I’d never been one of those who got daunted by the lack of pictures in a book. I’d always loved words, graphics not so much. Then a couple of years ago, a talented cousin of mine illustrated a children’s book and I bought myself and a co-worker a copy each. My co-worker came back to me a few days later and said something along the lines of the illustrations making the book come alive for her. And she said it with a look of wonder and pure delight. That’s when I started seeing illustrations in a totally different light.
This Oz book is especially amazing because the illustrations are illuminated with an emerald green ink and for the first time in my life, I’m prioritising the picture pages over the text in a book. I guess this must have been the semi-dizzy state the inhabitants of Oz with their emerald glasses were in.
Was visiting my dad and found a first edition of Ozma of Oz on his shelf, and found this killer illustration plate of The Hungry Tiger by John R Neill. I've read all 14 of the canon Oz books by Baum (they are all fantastic, worth the read, Baum's imagination was unparalleled), and The Hungry Tiger is my favorite character. He's always hungry for fat babies, but his conscience won't allow him to eat them! 😂