Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Riley & Lee Company, 1918). Fine/Very Fine. Autographed First Edition Hardcover Book (288 Pages, 7" X 9.25") John R. Neill Artwork.
    Few writers ever achieve the everlasting success enjoyed by the great Frank L. Baum, famed author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Beloved by children and adults for generations, Baum penned fourteen Oz novels in total, spawning numerous stage and screen adaptions of his books, including MGM's smash hit 1939 musical starring Judy Garland. But, as often happens with long running series, interest in the books had waned over the years, a trend reversed by the publishing of this particularly popular installment. The Tin Woodsman of Oz, detailing the backstory and further adventures of the titular character as he searches for his long lost love, rekindled a massive public interest in the books and revived sales of the entire series. Sadly, this was to be the last Oz novel published during Baum's lifetime, as he suffered a stroke the following year before the printing of his final two books. This incredibly rare first edition of the novel has been signed by the major players of the 1939 movie, including Judy Garland, Tin Man actor Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton. Offered for the first time at Heritage, the novel shows such signs of age as slight edge and spine wear, a bit of fraying at the corners of the cover, a couple of spine cracks, thin surface scuffs, and minor tears. There are a some mild stains and smudges, including a few in the interior pages. The book's flyleaf has paper lifts and paper remnants, possibly from a removed book plate. Fine/Very Fine.

    Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.

    Please see full-color, enlargeable images above for more details.

    View movie details on IMDB
    View movie details on AllMovie

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    5th Friday
    Auction Dates
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    16 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 127
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.

    Track Item