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Learn about the Wizard of Oz books by L Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, and later authors, and Oz illustrators like W W Denslow, John R Neill, and Dick Martin. Also Roycroft books, Oz sheet music, advertisements, maps and movies!

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Wonderful Books of Oz Holiday Catalog 2017

Click the link below for Christmas and winter holiday books, great for gifts, all in one place! WonderfulBooksofOzHolidayCatalog2017

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W W Denslow’s Young Imagination: Fantasy Trade Cards

W W Denslow showed an impressive imagination early in life, as evidenced by these circa 1883 trade cards featuring children with strange creatures. This fantasy set of four includes a boy bursting through a bubble landing on a frog, children riding a peculiar sea creature and a wasp, and a boy battling a giant bee. […]

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L Frank Baum’s Pseudonyms: Suzanne Metcalf and Annabel

When The Baum is not The BaumAs if writing scores of books, plays and comics under his own name wasn’t enough, L Frank Baum also wrote books under a number of pseudonyms. These included Floyd Akers (Boy Fortune Hunters series), Edith Van Dyne (Aunt Jane’s Nieces and Mary Louise), Laura Bancroft (Twinkle Tales) and a […]

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New Wizard of Oz Book Category: “Wild and Homeless” Books

New: Wild & Homeless Books “Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”This fabulous quote by Virginia Woolf inspired me to create a new category at Wonderful Books of Oz: Wild & Homeless […]

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Some children's books illustrated by John R Neill

John R Neill’s Children’s Books

John R Neill’s Children’s Fantasy Books Between 1908 and about 1930, Oz book publisher Reilly & Britton (later, Relly & Lee) published a series of children’s fantasy tales illustrated by the great John R Neill. (John R Neill replaced W W Denslow as illustrator of the L Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books in 1904.) […]

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The White City or The Emerald City? The 1893 Columbian Exposition and The Wizard of Oz

The 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago was sometimes called “The White City” and is said to have inspired the Emerald City of Oz in the 1899 collaboration between L Frank Baum and W W Denslow. Denslow left San Francisco to document the Chicago fair for local newspapers, and visited it frequently. Baum also moved to […]

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September Wizard of Oz Book Sales Aid Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Group in South Africa

This Month: A Good Cause 25% of all Wonderful Books of Oz sales thru September 2015 will be donated to the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching unit, South African women who are fighting to save rhinos and other animals from poaching. I won’t ruin your day by detailing how these animals die, but suffice to say it […]

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Special W W Denslow Issue of the Baum Bugle!

Artist W W Denslow. Note “Roycroft” carved into the cabinet to his left. Oct 2015 Update: The Denslow Bugle issue is out; it’s beautiful, and I have a limited number of extra copies available for $15 plus shipping. You can purchase it here.   It is no longer available with Club membership as when I […]

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In Memoriam: Artisans of Oz and Roycroft

 Soldier with Green Whiskers Art by W W Denslow In Memoriam       Let’s take a moment to thank those artisans who brought us the wonder of Oz and the beauty of Roycroft: Lotta Faust (d. 1910) W W Denslow (d. 1915) Elbert & Alice Hubbard (d. 1915)L Frank Baum (d. 1919) John R Neill (d. […]

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Yellow Knight of Oz original art Michael Herring

Michael Herring Yellow Knight of Oz Original Art for Sale

A friend is selling one of his most cherished pieces from his Wizard of Oz collection to pay medical bills. It’s a beautiful original painting for The Yellow Knight of Oz book by artist Michael Herring, who created the front covers for the Del Rey Wizard of Oz books. This painting is from 1985 (the […]

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