John R. Neill: The Marvelous Land of Oz

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The Oz books have, of course, gone though countless reprintings and adaptations. As with some other books, I was surprised that the images were not more readily and freely available online. This, the second book in the series, introduces many of the major characters who appear throughout the rest of the books. It also revises the history of Oz a bit, re-casting the Wizard in a less flattering light and changing the history to get Ozma (Tip) into the framework.

The entire text of the book (no illustrations) online at Project Gutenberg. Links to the the full text of the first 15 books in the Oz series are available through Gutenberg as well HERE.
Title: The Marvelous Land of Oz: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman and Also the Strange Experiences of the Highly-Magnified Woggle-Bug, Jack Pumpkinhead, the Animated Saw-Horse and the Gump
Author: L. Frank Baum
Artist: John R. Neill
Publisher: Reilly & Britton
Date Published: 1904

All the images are available for download at full resolution in the GALLERY.

Tip stood the figure up and admired it

"Tip stood the figure up and admired it"

The boy stretched himself upon the grass

"The boy stretched himself upon the grass"

Its the fashion here, said the soldier

"'It's the fashion here,' said the soldier"

Dont you believe her, Your Majesty! cried Jack

"'Don't you believe her, Your Majesty!' cried Jack"

The Saw-Horse rocked and rolled over the fields

"The Saw-Horse rocked and rolled over the fields"

The faces looked upon the astonished band with mocking smiles

"The faces looked upon the astonished band with mocking smiles"

The Stranger removed his hat with a flourish

"The Stranger removed his hat with a flourish"

The mice hide themselves in The Scarecrows straw

"The mice hide themselves in The Scarecrow's straw"

Seated within the throne was General Jinjur

"Seated within the throne was General Jinjur"

This cast a gloom over the entire party

"This cast a gloom over the entire party"

The Gump soared swiftly and majestically away

"The Gump soared swiftly and majestically away"

His axe fairly flashed among the jackdaws

"His axe fairly flashed among the jackdaws"

Glinda searches the records

"Glinda searches the records"

The Tin Woodman plucks the rose

"The Tin Woodman plucks the rose"

The Griffin sprang through the wall of the tent

"The Griffin sprang through the wall of the tent"

The Scarecrow as Royal Treasurer

"The Scarecrow as Royal Treasurer"

7 Responses to “John R. Neill: The Marvelous Land of Oz”

  1. Melissa Edwards Says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for putting these images on your site! I read the entire Land of Oz series as a child, and kept them for when I finally have children of my own. This is a WONDERFUL, highly imaginative series of books, and as an artist and art teacher of Elementary children, I know that these books helped to spark and inspire my own creativity with their wondrous words and pictures! What a nostalgic flashback it was for me to see these images again! Thank you for taking me back to a simpler, happy time in my life by placing these images on your site!

  2. Sanford B. Manning Says:

    To whom it may concern:
    I own a small pen& ink illustration of the “Royal Band Of Bunnybury” on page 215 from the book “The Emerald City Of Oz”. I’m a little confused as this piece has been completed , the entire band has been inked. Any help would be great.
    Thankyou,
    Sanford B. Manning

  3. Reatha Neubert Says:

    I have just discovered your site,and I am thrilled! I used to collect children’s illustrated books years ago, and I was always interested in old illustrations from the late 19th and early 20th century books. Thank you for putting these old book illustrations on your site for everyone to enjoy!

  4. Bill Campbell Says:

    I would be very interested in seeing the artwork mentioned by Sanford Manning in the reply above. If you read this, please contact me at WCam60@aol.com. Thanks!

  5. Sanford B. Manning Says:

    Bill,
    “E” mail me and I will send pictures.
    Thankyou for the reply.
    Sandy

  6. Bill Campbell Says:

    Sandy –

    I’d love to, but I need an email address! Once again, you can email me at WCam60@aol.com. Thanks!

  7. Sanford B. Manning Says:

    Bill,
    “E” me at sanfordbmanning@aol.com and I’ll send pictures of the bunny band.
    Regards,
    Sandy

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