Various editions of Blanding Books question
- I have a question about DB book editions.
Is there a case where poems were added or deleted in later editions of his
I know there are places where dedications were sometimes adjusted, but are
there changes to the poems presented or has anyone noted changes to the poems
themselves, or even addition or deletion of artwork that went with the poetry?
This happened occasionally in his earlier works...for example,
in "Leaves from a Grass-House" the poem 'Vagabond's House' appeared
in the first couple of editions...then mysteriously disappeared from
about the fifth printing onwards - a poem entitled 'Aloha House' took
it's place. My guess is that 'Vagabond's House' was so well liked
that Blanding hoped to publish it seperately as early as 1923. Of
course it wasn't until 1928 that he actually found a publisher for it.
The poem 'Leis for Remembrance' was also added to later editions
In "Paradise Loot," an illustration from the first edition
disappeared from later editions. It was used about that time to grace
the cover of some sheet music for Don's friend and colleague R. Alex
Anderson...so maybe Anderson bought the rights to it, which might
explain it's being taken out of "Loot."
The color illustration from "Hula Moons" was removed from later
The only other examples I can think of are the additional
illustrations that Blanding provided for "Vagabond's House" to
celebrate it's 25th edition in 1940.