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My Wizard of Oz store

Wizard of Oz books are considered some of the most sought- after childrens book series. Yet, many antique books collectors who discover my store are somewhat bewildered by my choice to specialize exclusively in the Wizard of Oz books. "Why not other children books?" they ask me all the time.

Well, let me tell you a story from my childhood. When I was a child and was learning to play a musical instrument, my teacher told me that if someone tells you that he or she are able to play multiple instruments, there is a very good chance that this person could not play well any of them. Learning that lesson, I decided to specialize in only one subject matter and to become an expert in the field. By having a true specialty, I was able to learn as much as possible about the subject matter, thus gaining a substantial advantage over other "generalist" children books dealers. By now I had gotten to the point where not only I know the copyright year of all 40 Oz books from the top of my head, but sometimes even remember page numbers opposite of color illustrations in almost all Oz books!

I am stating these facts not to boast, but simply to let the potential Oz collectors know that my experience with hundreds of Oz collectible books is a valuable tool for all of you out there who are thinking about or already started collecting Oz books. For example, based on W.W.Denslows records, it is a documented fact that there are 35,000 copies of the first edition of Wonderful Wizard of Oz printed. However, there is no information (at least that I could find) about the second edition copy from 1903. If I observe the ratio of the number of copies of first and second edition copies that passed through my store (over 50 first edition copies and 8 copies of the 2nd edition), I can conclude that there under 10,000 copies of the second edition printed. That fact makes my second edition copy even more sought after by serious Wizard of Oz books collectors. Below is the image of copies of both editions that I have in my Wizard of Oz store:

1st edition Wonderful WIzard of OzMultiple copies of first edition Wonderful WIzard of Oz books. Published by Geo M. Hill in 1899. Less than 10 copies available at Abebook where 14,000 antique book dealers lists 110 million books.

2nd edition Wizard of OzImage of the 2nd edition 1st state copies. This edition has full title "New Wizard of Oz" on the front cover. I could not find one single copy available for sale at Abebooks.

Well, some of you may comment that you saw certain editions of the Oz book advertised in a certain store or through a certain website. Beware: many of them simply think that they have certain editions. The complexity of edition identification, presence of only one copyright year or simply lack of experience with the first and early editions of Oz books in the store all contribute to inaccurate, albeit unintentional, advertising.

Over the years I have been purchasing a number of the Wizard of Oz books through an antiquarian book dealer, and although I consider myself an expert in these books series, I ended up sending back approximately 30% of the books because the dealer simply did not know what he had and unintentionally advertised things that were simply incorrect. Also, while I am able to verify the edition of the books and get the idea of the general condition of Oz books from a book store, I often find that book sellers do not take necessary time to evaluate books to the full extent. I often hear the statement from the sellers that the book is in very good condition. While the seller of the book may in fact consider it as such for the book that is 80 years old book, there is a very good chance that I will not consider the condition to be "very good," both by my own standards and after seeing hundreds of the Wizard of Oz books that are just as old and many times, even older. See photo below:

first edition Wizard of oz

Best condition first edition book

1st edition Wizard of OzOne of the worst condtion book sold in 2009 for over $3000 (including comissions).

So you may wonder how you, the potential buyer, will benefit from my knowledge? These are some of the facts about my unique store:

- Eighty percent of the items in my store are Wizard of Oz books and remaining items are related to the Wizard of Oz theme, such as mugs, doll, cards, masks, etc. You do not have to search all over the internet; everything is here, in one convenient place
- Majority of my collectible books are selling for over hundreds of dollars, giving me a unique opportunity to concentrate on taking multiple photographs of each book which enables you to see clearly what you are buying. Yes, it takes a lot of time to do the necessary work , but in the end it yields better results because I am able to provide better service to you, the buyer
- Although I am offering 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back, I rarely receive a book back simply because the buyer has an opportunity to review multiple photographs, talk to me directly over the phone or via e-mail, to have all questions answered before he or she buys the book.
- I have multiple copies of the same title thus giving the buyer an opportunity to select the condition of the book that he or she is most comfortable with. Since I have such an extensive inventory, one can choose a book or series of books to fit any budget.
- I do not delete the books that were sold; instead I place them in the SOLD folder for potential research by buyers, something that I noticed a lot of visitors of the store appreciate.

Go ahead and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz. You will be glad you did!

L.Frank Baum Oz books
In this section you can find 14 Oz titles by L.Frank Baum

Remaining 26 Oficial Oz titles
In this section you can find 26 Oz titles by Ruth Thompson, John Neill,Jack Snow, Rachel Cosgrove, E.J.McGraw

Rare Editions
In this section you can find rare Oz books and related items titles

L.Frank Baum Non Oz books
In this section you can find books by L.Frank Baum outside of Oz series

Non Oz books by Ruth Thompson
In this section you can find a few books by Ruth Thompson outside of Oz series

Oz books Sets
In this section you can find Various Oz books sets

Oz books Price Guide
In this section you can find Wizard of Oz collectible books Price Guide

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
In this section you can find various books and itmes related to Wicked

Miscellaneous Oz related itmes
In this section you can find miscellaneous Oz related books and itmes

Oz Reference books
In this section you can find Oz reference books

Non Oz books by Ruth Thompson
In this section you can find

MGM Movie related books
In this section you can find MGM Movie related books and scripts

Original dust jackets for Oz books
In this section you can find various dust jackets from first to later editions of Oz books.

Facsimile dust jackets for Oz books
In this section you can find various facismile dust jackets of Oz books.

Wizard of Oz pop-up books
In this section you can find Wizard of Oz pop-up books

Oz foreign books
In this section you can find Oz foreign books in various languages

Oz books for one dollar
In this section you can find Oz books that can be purchase for $1

Other children books
In this section you can find Other children books

In this section you can find various Oz realted autographs

Oz Artwork
In this section you can find original artwork related to Oz

Oz buttons and pins
In this section you can find various Oz buttons and pins

Collectors Items
In this section you can find various Oz Collectors Items

Masks and Costumes
In this section you can find Masks and Costumes

Dolls, Playset
In this section you can find various dolls

Oz Domestic
In this section you can find domstiv Oz items

Figures and figurines
In this section you can find Figures and figurines

Games & Puzzles
In this section you can find collectilbe games and puzzles

Glasses, Mugs
In this section you can find various Oz mugs

Magazines, News
In this section you can find various Magazines, News articles

Cards, Trading
In this section you can find Cards, Trading cards

Posters, Lobby Cards
In this section you can find Posters and Lobby Cards

Publicity, Promo
In this section you can find Publicity and related Promotions

Oz Music
In this section you can find Oz Music sheets and records

Toys, Novelties
In this section you can find Toys and Novelties

In this section you can find previously SOLD BOOKS

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