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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Recent Purchases

I've been working for a long time on collecting a set of Reilly & Britton Oz titles in dustjackets, and I'm slowly closing in in my goal. The past few months have been surprisingly fruitful in terms of turning up Oz items, and I've managed to add 2 first state dustjacket copies to my collection - not something that happens every day!

Reilly & Britton dustjackets can be pretty rough when they turn up, but let's face it, these things just don't turn up that often. I've been looking for a jacketed R&B Rinkitink for quite some time, and am very pleased to have found a copy that I could add to the collection. This turned up at a smaller book fair I attended when I was in New York. I found my copy of Tin Woodman on the internet. In both cases, the cover design is repeated on the rear panel, a blurb for the story is on the front flap and ads for other Reilly & Britton books are on the rear flap.

As I've said before, it does pay to get out and look at book dealers and antique shops rather than just limiting yourself to what turns up online. Some of the R&B jackets I have are later states, but I'm hopeful of eventually getting Reilly & Britton jackets on all the Reilly & Britton books - even if they aren't all first states!

6 comments:

Georgia said...

Love the set. A find like this is worth the hunt

Chandra said...

This is a truly enviable collection!

Bill Campbell said...

Thanks! Like any collection, it's a work in progress - but that's what keeps it fun.

Bell-Snickle said...

Wowzers! Very nice!

Steve Palomino said...

Do you have any Oz 1st dust jackets you want to sell? or do you know of anyone that is selling any ? thanks and great collection. so far i have 5 1st oz books and 2 in dust jackets . :)

Bill Campbell said...

It sounds like you're off to a good start! I'm afraid there really aren't any consistently great sources for 1st edition dust jackets - it generally requires a lot of searching and building relationships with book dealers, you also have to keep your eyes open for sales and auctions. I'm not looking to sell anything myself at this time.