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The Bobbs-Merrill Story: From Oz to the Kitchen

Bobbs-Merrill existed in a bygone era of books. This company published L. Frank Baum, Ayn Rand and Irma S. Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking, but is largely forgotten now except by connoisseurs of the used book world.

Discover how a Midwestern company put a book into almost every household in America.

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Beth Carswell

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I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

2 Responses to “The Bobbs-Merrill Story: From Oz to the Kitchen”

  1. The Stones of Summer

  2. You might want to reconsider the example of “The New Wizard of Oz” that is used to lead this article. The leather rebinding is not representative of the cloth-bound Bobbs-Merrill original in any way. Furthermore, the author’s “signature” is a poor forgery. As a long-time ABEbooks.com seller, I am concerned that promoting this defaced book shows ABE in a very bad light.

    Paul Bienvenue
    Author of “The Book Collector’s Guide to L. Frank Baum and Oz”;
    Proprietor, March Hare Books, El Segundo CA