Borders now has a three volume "Chronicles of Oz" series.
Each volume is an omnibus with at least 6 of the OZ books
and are packaged in bright green imitation leather covers with
gold print on the covers and that gilt edge look to the pages.
I didn't even know we had them in stock until a customer asked
for the Wizard of Oz, and I found volumes 1 and 2 shelved
in the adult section Pricc is $19.95 ,btw. I think perhaps Baum's
books might be in the public domain now since these are "Borders
Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliffe (one of my favorite writers)
are scarce but thanks to Summer Reading Lists we have some
of their books and I get to handsell them to parents looking for
books for children who've torn through Rowling and Lewis.
David Lenander wrote:
> The absence of the Oz books or the Freddy books from the bookstore
> shelves certainly shows that they're not so popular as _The Hobbit_,
> Harry Potter, or the many books in the misfortunes series (I forget the
> title), or even the many series that appear to be clones of either
> those or Harry Potter, even including some by respected writers, such
> as Jenny Nimmo (the Charlie Bone books), but in some larger sense, I
> wonder if we're talking about the same sort of popularity. I can
> attest that the reissues of both series are available (apparently) via
> Amazon.com, in new copies, not just used copies, though original
> editions (not even necessarily the first, I noticed) can run hundreds
> of dollars for a single copy. But they are in the local public
> libraries, and I have recently seen copies of both series on the
> shelves at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis (a SF & F specialty
> store)--even though they've dropped their children's books section.
> I'm pretty sure that the books are circulating, as well. They were
> quite popular in the Chiildren's Room of the St. Paul Publlic Library,
> back in the 70s, when I worked there, even though the books had all
> been out of print for a while at that point (both series went out of
> print, I think, in the 60s). The Oz books had been in print, at least
> some of them, up until the early 60s, when the last (40th volume) was
> printed. I know that the Baum books were at least still in print in
> the early 70s as we ordered three of the books missing from our series
> holding (I remember including _Emerald City_, and _Tik-Tok_ as among
> the books that Mrs. Helfeld ordered when I pointed out the gap in our
> holdings--she also managed to obtain reprints of some of the E. Nesbit
> books, which had been unavailable for a while).
> In contrast, I don't think many of the fine books by such writers as
> Patricia Wrightson, Alan Garner, William Mayne, Rosemary Sutcliffe,
> Margot Benary-Isbert, which I remember from my childhood or my time in
> the Children's Room, are known at all to today's children.