Pauline asks: I have a copy of a first edition book in the Wizard of OZ series. How much is it worth, and how can I sell it? It’s in excellent condition.
AW says: Well that’s a great item. First you need to make sure that your’s is a true first state first edition. If it is it should have the following attributes:
Published by The Reilly & Britton Co., Chicago, (1915). Quarto. First Edition, first state with advertisements listing this title last, [Hanff-Green, IX.1]. Illustrated by John R. Neill. 12 color plates, pictorial endpapers and black and white illustrations throughout the text. Green cloth with color pictorial pastedown illustration on front board.
I recently reported on an auction that had this book as a featuered lot, it brought just over $2,000 with the buyer’s premium included. See the slide show below.
If your book is truly in excellent condition, it should sell very well. However, the books I’ve reported on in the auction below, had the benefit of being in an exceptional rare book auction. If you want to get this kind of money, you’ll likely have to do the same with your’s.
Retail value: $1,500-$2,000
Wholesale value: $1,200
Keywords = Frank L. Baum, Wizard of OZ, rare children’s books, Reilly & Britton Co., Chicago