Sold: IL MAGO DI OZ L Frank Baum Italian Wizard of Oz Book 1940 MGM Movie Plates


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Here is a rare Italian version of The Wizard of Oz–Il Mago di Oz, published circa 1940 by S.A.S. (Societa Apostolato Stampa). Very early edition, with 8 gorgeous tipped-in plates depicting scenes from the movie. The cover depicts the 5 main characters from the movie standing atop another early Italian Oz edition. 253 pages. A hard to find title; this is the edition listed as either lot 277 or 278 in the Greene collection catalog put out by Swann Galleries in 1993–and both sold for $165 at that time. Book measures 5.5″ by 8.25″ and is in softcover wraps with the edges of the paper cover overlapping the page block slightly.

This copy is in much better condition than usual, as the paper is fragile. Cover is clean and nice with light edge wear, tiny tear at upper left by spine. Inside, the binding is tight, and the text is complete, but has age toning as is normal with this edition. The inserted 8 plates are high quality and all in very good condition. An unusual addition for the Oz collector who has almost everything!