Re: ruby slippers & illustrations
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Lenander <d-lena@...>
> If they were first editions, the illlustrations were in
Yes, they were. Or at least pre-1935, when the color
disappeared. I suspect much earlier, since they were well-
constructed- and the paper appeared to be considerably more aged
than the same library's 1st-ed Hobbit (gasp!). Of course at
that age I wouldn't have noticed if the plates were tipped or
> I would say that the "art nouveau" illustrations someoneremembers fondly
> were probably Neil'sAbsolutely. I suppose a fussy art historian would object to my
use of the term, but it's not far off. Something of the same
aesthetic as the Walking Liberty half-dollar (for those who
> I have seen the Books of Wonder _Emerald City
> of Oz_ and compared it with a first edition. This was notable
> using a peculiar metallic green ink on some of the full-colorThe Books
> illustrations, maybe 12 to 24 of them, and the dust jacket.
> of Wonder edition looks like the green ink sections have beendusted
> with gold powder before drying, for an interesting effect, butit's
> quite different from the 1st edition weird dark green metallicink.
Apparently cost. Books of Wonder found that reproducing the
original ink would be enormously expensive, driving the price
beyond the range of most of the intended market.