Here is an excellent resource for Oz book collectors, The Book Collector’s Guide to L. Frank Baum. Impeccably researched and written by Paul Bienvenue and Bob Schmidt, this amazing book elaborates upon and greatly extends the older Oz book reference, Bibliographia Oziana. Not only does the new guide include all the major Wizard of Oz books written by Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, and others, it also includes the many other books written by Baum under his name and his lesser known pseudonyms.
I am so happy to have this book myself, and refer to it constantly in my collecting and bookselling hours. Each Oz-related book is pictured and carefully described so you can determine if you have a first edition (or printing) of the book, an endeavor that’s been very difficult up until now. While the book may seem expensive, it’s without a doubt worth it. In addition to identifying books you may have in your collection, you can also salivate over full color images of ones you may never acquire, like Baum’s By the Candelabra’s Glare or the dust jacket for The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas. Additionally, Bienvenue includes historical information on the books, excerpts from documents related to their creation, and advertising and original artwork.
The book is a lavishly printed hardcover with dust jacket, 408 pages, with about 350 full color photos. First edition, 2009, this copy signed by Bienvenue, Schmidt, and Robert Baum, who provides an introduction. Now out of print and very hard to find!
The excellence of this new guide was recognized with a Gold Medal for Best Reference Book from the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Not an Oz collector yourself, but got one in your life? This book will make the perfect gift. The book is in as-new condition, clean and bright.