(This is the sort of post that I write more so that people doing web searches can come across it than for frequent readers who may not find this too interesting.)
The textbook Old Icelandic (Oxford University Press, 1982) by Sigfrid Valfells and James E. Cathey is one of the most friendly introductions to a classical language ever written, but unfortunately it quickly passed out of print. Now, used copies go for about US$200. However, after e-mailing Prof Cathey, I’ve learned that would-be students of Old Icelandic can still have their own copy:
You can order a copy of Old Icelandic from the Textbook Annex at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have made some small corrections from the original and have had it reproduced as a course packet for about $25. For more information contact Stephanie Olsen (slolsen AT aux.umass.edu).
It is a real outrage that OUP let this go out of print. How else is one supposed to learn Icelandic, as the other major primers were also published by OUP and are now out of print? For the last few days I’ve felt pretty bitter at academic publishers. Besides this example, OUP had Vanishing Voices by Nettle & and Roumaine printed on low-quality paper with an impression that looks like photocopying, and Routledge is charging nearly US$300 for Mauer’s classroom textbook The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar and Reader.