John R. Neill. Hard Cover. Chicago: The Reilly and Lee Co., 1922. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by John R. Neill. First edition, first state with illustration of Kabumpo to half-title page and portrait of Princess Dorothy to p. 299. Publisher's blue cloth, cover label with color illustration to front board with lead characters on the elephant Kabumpo's head and trunk, titles in yellow, orange, green, red, and white lettering, Kabumpo and Peg Amy scene illustration to endpapers, yellow text block edges, 12 color plates and various black and white illustrations throughout; lacking dust jacket. Very good book with some rubbing and soiling to exterior, light soiling to top of text block and some pages, and a bit of offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a bright and attractive copy. Hanff & Greene XVI. In Kabumpo in Oz, Prince Pompadore's cake explodes on his eighteenth birthday, revealing a scroll that says that he must wed a Fairy Princess or else his family's kingdom of Pumperdink will disappear. Deciding that he will marry Princess Ozma of Oz, he travels with Kabumpo the Elegant Elephant to the Emerald city, but Ruggedo the Nome King and the magician Glegg throw a wrench in his plans. Kabumpo in Oz is the eighteenth Oz book and the second written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Upon finishing the illustrations for Kabumpo, longtime Oz illustrator John R. Neill congratulated Thompson in a letter saying, "the whimsical, the humor, the interest and the zip of the book made me think it one of the very best Oz books so far."