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. Roycraft’s designs have a cool midcentury vibe that grows on you. Book 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 for this edition, which feature the Tin-man in a variety of different poses.
Book itself is in near fine condition with tight hinges, clean interior; bright and beautiful. The dust jacket is good or a little better, with nice color but moderate edge wear and tear, especially at spine ends and flap folds. Price clipped with one old tape mark on rear side. A hard jacket to find in any condition.