Neill, John R. Hard Cover. The Reilly & Britton Co., 1918. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing, with publisher listed as Reilly & Britton (later printings listed as Reilly & Lee, as the publisher changed their name in the year of publication), and 12 full color plates by John R. Neill. Publisher’s red-brown cloth, stamped in black to spine, with John R. Neill’s mounted pictorial panel to front board, black and white pictorial endpapers, lacking dust jacket as usual. A very good copy with light wear to extremities, slight lean to spine, both hinges cracked and holding, page edges lightly toned and a few pages with small tears, rear free endpaper with an embossed stamp. Overall a pleasing copy. The Tin Woodman is the twelfth book in Baum’s Oz series, and reveals to readers the story of how the Tin Woodman came to be made of tin. He tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the East chopped off parts of his body to turn them into tin after the Woodman fell in love with her ward, Nimmie Amee. However, once the witch removed the Woodman’s heart, he stopped loving Nimmie Amee and left her. The events of this book, which take place after Dorothy helped the Tin Woodman get a heart in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, tell of the Woodman’s journey to find his lost love. Notably, the publication of this book marked the end of a decline in sales for the Oz series, as the title sold 18,600 copies and was considered a bestseller.