OS/2 Library Expansion

Thanks to a very generous donor, the OS/2 section of the library at the OS/2 Museum has been recently expanded by 25 new arrivals (although a few of them are duplicates of books already in possession of the OS/2 Museum). The newly added books are approximately a 50-50 mix of titles written for software developers and titles written for more general audience. The books are in very good condition, nearly all of them like new, and survived a long journey from Australia quite well.

Looking at the publication dates, the books span approximately the 1988-1996 era. Most of them were published either around 1988 or around 1995. This is not a particularly wide sampling, nevertheless it is probably fairly representative. A number of OS/2 books was published in 1988, when OS/2 was the Next Big Thing. When OS/2 failed to take off, there was a corresponding lull in publishing activity. When OS/2 Warp became popular again, there was a spike in the number of OS/2 new books, followed by a sharp fall-off after 1996 when IBM essentially admitted that OS/2 would not be developed anymore.

The complete list of the “new” books follows:

  • Inside OS/2, by Gordon Letwin; Microsoft Press, ISBN 1-55615-117-9, 1988, 302 pages, $19.95
  • OS/2: Features, Functions, and Applications, by Jeffrey I. Krantz, Ann M. Mizell, Robert L. Williams; John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-60709-6, 1988, 282 pages, $24.95
  • OS/2 Programming: An Introduction, by Herbert Schildt; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-881427-8, 1988, 389 pages, $21.95
  • OS/2 Programmer’s Guide, by Ed Iacobucci; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-881300-X, 1988, 1100 pages, $24.95
  • Assembly Language Programming Under OS/2, by William H. Murray, III and Chris H. Pappas; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-881412-X, 1988, 861 pages, $24.95
  • Peter Norton’s Inside OS/2, by Robert Lafore and Peter Norton; Brady, ISBN 0-13-467895-8, 1988, 555 pages, $24.95
  • Advanced OS/2 Programming, by Ray Duncan; Microsoft Press, ISBN 1-55615-045-8, Feb 1989, 768 pages, $24.95
  • Using OS/2 2.0, by Barry Nance and Greg Chicares; Que, ISBN 0-88022-863-6, 1992, 472 pages, $24.95
  • OS/2 In the Corporate Environment, Second Edition, by Laurence Shafe; Intelligent Environments, 1992, 144 pages, $22
  • OS/2 Inside & Out, by Kathy Ivens and Brian Proffit; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-881871-0, 1993, 531 pages, $27.95
  • OS/2 2.1 Unleashed, by David Moskowitz and David Kerr, et al; Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30240-3, 1993, 1134 pages, $34.95
  • BYTE Programmer’s Cookbook, by Kathy Ivens and Bruce Hallberg; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-882039-1, 1994, 255 pages, $34.95
  • OS/2 2.1 Workplace Shell Programming, by Stephano Maruzzi; Random House, ISBN 0-679-79162-0, 1994, 720 pages, $44
  • Real-World Programming for OS/2 2.11, 2nd Edition, by Derrel R. Blain, Kurt R. Delimon, and William Jeffrey English; Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30563-1, 1994, 842 pages, $45.00
  • Teach Yourself OS/2 Warp In a Week Second Edition, by Carol Thomas; Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30684-0, 1995, 681 pages, $25.00
  • Programming the OS/2 Warp Version 3 GPI, by Stephen A. Knight and Jeffrey M. Ryan; John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-10718-2, 1995, 406 pages, $39.95
  • OS/2 Unleashed, Deluxe Edition, by David Moskowitz and David Kerr, et al; Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30545-3, 1995, 1205 pages, $39.99
  • OS/2 Programmer’s Desk Reference, by V. Mitra Gopaul; McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-023748-4, 1995, 688 pages, $44.95
  • Using OS/2 Warp, Special Edition, by Barry Nance, Lenny Bailes, et al; Que, ISBN 0-7897-0088-3, 1995, 741 pages, $29.99
  • OS/2 Warp Answers, by Kathy Ivens; Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-882115-0, May 1995, 276 pages, $19.95
  • OS/2 Warp Internet Connection, by Deborah Morrison; IDG Books, ISBN 1-56884-465-4, May 1995, 233 pages, $24.99
  • Navigating the Internet with OS/2 Warp, by Herb Tyson; Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30719-7, May 1995, 437 pages, $25.00
  • OS/2 Warp Uncensored, by Peter G. Magis and Ira H. Schneider; IDG Books, ISBN 1-56884-474-3, Aug 1995, 812 pages, $39.99
  • The OS/2 Warp Toolkit for Software Developers, by Maurice J. ‘Red’ Viscuso; Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-192428-1, 1996, 223 pages
  • Getting to Know OS/2 Warp 4, by Neil Stokes, et. al; Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-842147-1, IBM SG24-4758-00, Nov 1996, 621 pages, $39.95

Note that in one case (OS/2 In the Corporate Environment) there is no ISBN, and in another (The OS/2 Warp Toolkit for Software Developers) there’s no price. These aren’t omissions; the data are simply not available.

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7 Responses to OS/2 Library Expansion

  1. wow that is quite a nice haul!

  2. michaln says:

    It is a significant (and heavy) pile of paper for sure 🙂

  3. Rauli says:

    You are going to have a very good time 🙂

  4. Andras Joyer says:


    Do you have any plans scanning some of those?:)

  5. michaln says:

    Not at the moment. I don’t know of scanning methods that wouldn’t destroy the books… and I’d rather not destroy the books. I might scan whatever duplicates I have, if I can find some local scanning service or find out how to remove the binding myself.

  6. What? No copy of IBM’s Official OS/2 Warp FAQs?


    You can buy it for a penny!

  7. Michal Necasek says:

    As they say, worth every penny. A regrettable omission indeed!

    Incidentally, last week I finally managed to get a Dec ’94 beta of OS/2 for PowerPC running, using a CD that a kind person mailed to me about 10 years ago. I had to revive an old Sandalfoot system (very hard to find!) and apply an unexpected amount of patience 🙂 It shall be blogged about.

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