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Subject: Looking for a very specific copy of Ozma of Oz...
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 3:56 PM ET
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...by L. Frank Baum. I posted this inthe Book Bazaar forum, but I'm posting here, too, incase anyone can guide me in the right direction. There are several copies of the book in the PBS system, but I've looked up the ISBNs at Amazon and I don't think they're the version I remember reading as a child.

The version I read was a large white paperback. The typeface was old-fashioned, and the black-and-white illustrations looked like 1920s Art Deco. The entire Oz series was released in this format (I think in both hardcover and paperback) because they had them all at my childhood library (this would have been in the late 1970s.) The capital letters at the beginning of each chapter were done illumination-style, with little pictures of the characters in and around them.

I've seen that there is a re-release version of the book with the original illustrations...but I'm 95% positive that's not the copy I read. These illustrations were later than the originals, and they were just gorgeous.

If you think you may have this copy, or know the publisher/ISBN info, please PM me! I want this book so badly, but I want the version I read!

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 11:39 PM ET
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Drat!  I thought I might have what you need, but my copy of Ozma of Oz doesn't have the opening chapter letters.   (I also don't think it's my original childhood copy, because I too remember exactly what you're talking about.)

I think that the illustrator you are looking for is John R. Neill.  I like his illustrations MUCH more than the original Oz artwork.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 2:55 PM ET
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Thanks so much for the info, that helps a lot! :-) The illustrations just MADE the story for me when I was a kid. It was my very favorite Oz book, I just loved it.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 8:26 PM ET
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It was my favorite, too, Janelle!

I have a little more information from you.  I have a hardcover copy of "The Land of Oz" that I'm pretty sure is part of the versions you want.  Of course, it has neither an ISBN or even a copyright page -- all it says is copyrighted 1904 and I can promise you this copy is NOT from 1904!!  But it was published by The Reily & Lee Co. and the illustrations are by John R. Neill.  It does not have the starting chapter letters like you remember, but the front & back inside covers have the letters OZ in illumination style with the pictures of all of the characters around them.  The illustrations are amazing!  If I find a link to this edition I'll add it to my post and maybe it will lead you to the Ozma book.

Okay, Janelle, I think I'm onto something.  I think what you're looking for is from a 1964 republication of the books.  My "Land of Oz" definitely came from this series and I think it is what you remember.  Check out the link below and good luck!.

www.ozbooksworld.com



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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 9:05 PM ET
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Kristen, you're an angel! I had no idea how to track that book down, and what I needed was the illustrator info. Now I've found several promising copies at Alibris. Thank you SO much! :-)

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Woo hoo!  Happy reading and look out for the Nome King.  ;->