I’m pleased to offer here one of the most desirable Oz books, after the 1st edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is the rare UK motion picture edition, circa 1940 & timed with the MGM movie release in Great Britain: “The Wizard of Oz–The Original Story on Which the Film is Based”. Contains eight beautiful color stills and publicity photos from the movie, unlike the much more common American movie edition that contains the traditional Denslow plates. The plates in this book were made by colorizing the black & white photos, and are especially striking, particularly the frontispiece of Judy Garland. What’s extra nice is the book is in the harder-to-find Binding B, with is a plainer, cloth binding than Binding A (no priority known according to the Book Collector’s Guide to L Frank Baum.) There are several full-page (and some smaller) black and white Denslow illustrations in addition to the 8 colored photos.
This book is in very good condition overall. The cloth is in unusually nice shape, with light wear to corners and spine ends. Tiny ding at top of front board. Hinges are tight, although there is a crack to the text block at the title page as shown, and opposite one of the later color plates. Holding. Substantial age toning opposite frontispiece, as is typical with this title. Faint red brackets around one phrase on Intro page. Eight color plates all very good. Pages very good. A nice copy of a rare edition and binding state.