Lucky Bucky in Oz

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Author: John R. Neill

Illustrator: John R. Neill

NEILL, John R[ea]. Lucky Bucky in Oz. London: Hutchinson [1945]. 8vo, 128pp. Red cloth stamped in black. Pictorial endpapers; numerous b&w illustrations by the author. Spine ends and corners a tad rubbed, lower corners lightly bumped, pages lightly aged (most notably around the edges of p64), with a wonderful contemporaneous inscription on half-title.

First UK edition, issued 3 years after the first edition. Bucky Jones is aboard a tugboat in New York Harbor when the boiler blows up and he is soon blown into the Nonestic Ocean where he meets Davy Jones, a wooden whale. The pair take an undersea route to the Emerald City, and have many adventures along the way. The third and final Oz book both written and illustrated by Neill.