Limited, 250, signed by Richard and Shanower. Slipcase. Highly Recommended. By Ruth Plumly Thompson. Art by Sara Richard. This very limited deluxe edition comes with a specially illustrated slipcase, a bonus bookmark and bumper sticker. The original cover to the 1921 edition by John R. Neill is the back cover of the slipcase. It also includes a full color page signed by both the artist and Shanower, who provides the excellent Afterword. Includes a green cloth bookmarker, and is bound in lovely green cloth. All-in-all, a very fine work that we don’t expect to remain available for very long in this deluxe edition. Clover Press, 2019.
This very limited deluxe edition comes with a specially illustrated slipcase. The original cover to the 1921 edition by John R. Neill is the back cover of the slipcase. It also includes a full color page signed by both the artist and Eric Shanower, who provides the excellent Afterword. Includes a green cloth bookmarker, and is bound in lovely green cloth. All-in-all, a very fine work that we don’t expect to remain available for very long in this deluxe edition.
A wonderful new edition of the 15th book in the Oz series, first published in 1921. It is also the first book in the series written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, who continued the beloved series after Baum’s death. This features six full color plates, wonderful double-page color endpapers, two new maps and various vignettes, all drawn by Eisner Award nominated artist, Sara Richard. Eisner Award winning artist and writer Shanower provides an eight-page Afterword that puts this “lost” story into perspective.
The Scarecrow is upset when Professor Woggle-bug tells him that he has no family, so he goes back to the corn-field where Dorothy Gale found him to trace his “roots.” When he fails to return, Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion set out to search for him. They meet an elderly knight, Sir Hokus of Pokes. They also meet the Doubtful Dromedary and the Comfortable Camel. Together, they have several curious adventures while searching for the Scarecrow.
In this novel the Scarecrow discovers that, in a previous incarnation, he was human. More specifically, he was the Emperor of the Silver Islands, a kingdom located deep underground beneath the Munchkin region of Oz! And that’s just the beginning of this enjoyable novel.
Released in 1921, the book was originally credited as the last to be written by series creator L. Frank Baum. Baum died in 1919, but the manuscript for Royal Book of Oz was said to have been completed before then.
It wasn’t until years later that the truth behind this book’s origins were revealed–that Thompson had actually ghost-written the story. Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. Thompson’s contributions to the Oz series are lively and imaginative, featuring a wide range of colorful and unusual characters. She emphasized humor to a greater extent than Baum did, and always considered her work for children, whereas Baum, while first and foremost considering his child audience, knew that his readership comprised all ages.
Thompson was a prolific author and her Oz books are probably quite as popular as Baum’s own. Her novels included 1922: Kabumpo in Oz,1923: The Cowardly Lion of Oz; 1924, Grampa in Oz, all the way to her last two in 1938 and 1939, The Silver Princess of Oz, and Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz.
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