NEILL, JOHN REA. 1877-1943. Two original metal printing plates and one fine proof of double-page illustration,

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NEILL, JOHN REA. 1877-1943.
Two original metal printing plates and one fine proof of double-page illustration,

Sold for US$ 1,083 inc. premium
NEILL, JOHN REA. 1877-1943.
Two original metal printing plates and one fine proof of double-page illustration, 280 x 340 mm, custom-made half green levant morocco folding case with spine lettered in gilt.
Published: Ruth Plumly Thompson, The Silver Princess in Oz, Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co., 1938, pp. 98-99.
WITH: "John R. Neill: Imperial Illustrator of Oz" by Michael Patrick Hearn, South Freeport, ME: Ascensius Press, 2014, finely printed essay in original wrappers limited to 80 copies.

Rare pair of printing plates for a late double-page Oz illustration by John R. Neill, showing the meeting of King Randy of Regalia and Kabumpo the Elegant Elephant with Princess Planetty of Anuther Planet and Thun the Thunder Colt. Mr. Hearn writes in the accompanying essay: "It had long been assumed that all of the original printing plates for the Oz Books had been destroyed over the years first during the scrap metal drives of World War II and after Reilly & Lee was purchased by Henry Regnery, who eventually dropped all of the Oz titles except Baum's. Unexpectedly last December a significant number of these long-forgotten plates turned up in New York. They came from the internationally renowned Richard Manney collection of rare books and comprise the only set known to have survived." The case's spine is mis-lettered "PATCHWORK GIRL" and "CHICAGO 1913."
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NEILL, JOHN REA. 1877-1943. Two original metal printing plates and one fine proof of double-page illustration,
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