As you may recall, last week we found all there was to know about the "white edition" of Lost Princess, so this week we need to slip some grease to The Tin Woodman of Oz.
The spine illustration is pulled from the 1908 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz endpapers. Dick got a lot of mileage out of those!
The very appealing back cover image showing the tin owl and straw-stuffed bear is adapted from one of the original Tin Woodman color plates.
The illustration for the "Famous Oz Books" ad is very interesting! It is actually a previously unpublished drawing Neill had created for Grampa in Oz (1924), and Dick had found it in the Reilly & Lee files (see below).
|A fine Tin Woodman drawn by Neill in 1924 was finally published in the 1964 edition of TIN WOODMAN.|
In creating the new fore-matter for the "white edition" Dick omitted two drawings from the 1918 edition - the rather boring ownership leaf and a portrait of Princess Dorothy.
The picture of Princess Dorothy seems a loss, but it would have been facing the title page and it doesn't work as a frontispiece very well. So Dick created a new frontispiece based on another of Neill's color plates from the first edition.
|Original 1918 color plate (left) and Dick Martin's redrawn version 1964 (right).|
Oz and Baum scholar, Michael Riley, pointed out to me that the "white edition" of Tin Woodman was highly-anticipated in 1965 as it restored John R. Neill's original illustrations. In 1955 Reilly & Lee had replaced Neill's pictures with new drawings by cartoonist Dale Ulrey. You can see quite a few interesting comparisons in this previous blog post.
Eric Shanower and I were discussing "white edition" Wednesday last week and Eric pointed out something I'd never heard anyone else mention. In the list of the forty Oz books in many copies of the "white editions," The Royal Book of Oz is credited to Ruth Plumly Thompson, making the "white editions" the first public acknowledgement by Reilly & Lee that the book was solely Thompson's work. Dick of course had been corresponding with Thompson for years by the time he was designing these books, so I wouldn't be surprised if the credit change was totally Dick's idea. I'm sure Ruth was very pleased!
|Ruth Plumly Thompson and Fred Meyer circa mid '60s.|
Today's "white edition" Wednesday seems a tad short, but it's been a hectic week. Eric is off to Image Expo in Oakland, California, tomorrow. He'll be there (at Booth # 49) all weekend with lots of cool books to sell - both Oz and Age of Bronze - click here for details. Eric will also be at the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, February 23, 2012, to attend the opening reception for the museum's new exhibit Image Comics: A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration. For details click here.
So with the Tin Woodman all lubricated, I think we need to just sit back and wait for next week as we try to break the spell of The Magic of Oz!