Here is an unusual edition of The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Published by Reilly & Lee in the late 1950’s, it’s illustrated by Dale Ulrey instead of the usual John R. Neill. This was an experiment by Reilly & Lee that didn’t work out, so an uncommon edition. Not only that, but this copy has a Roland Roycraft illustrated dust jacket, which was also only produced for a short time before the “white cover” editions were rolled out. Book is described in The Book Collector’s Guide to Baum, p. 76. Blank cover, many black and white illustrations, 262 pages. I especially like Ulrey’s leading initials, which feature the Tin-man in different poses.
The book itself is in fine condition on the exterior, but oddly, it is missing both the front and rear blank free endpapers inside. Otherwise the book is clean and tight throughout. The dust jacket is good only, with nice color but with moderate edge wear, one long closed tear on the back and some chipping, especially at spine ends and flap folds. Price clipped with one old tape mark on rear side. A hard book and jacket to find in any condition.