17 February 2007

An Elegant Art Collection

Mamluke has kindly scanned some of John R. Neill’s art for Kabumpo in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson (1922), and posted it for the world on Flickr. The collection includes several pictures of Kabumpo the elegant elephant himself, undergoing various indignities. (On adventures his robes always end up tattered, and he usually meets a giant who makes him feel small.)

There are also a handful of color plates, not printed in most copies of that book. (The Books of Wonder reprint has them; the Del Rey paperback still available from the Int’l Wizard of Oz Club does not.) Probably the best is this image of Ruggedo, the former Nome King, grown into a giant with Ozma’s palace stuck on his head.

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