Saturday, 8 June 2013

The Wonder of Books #2: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Every now and then I see a book that looks so beautiful I want to keep it on my shelf forever, regardless of how good it is or if I'll ever actually read it. I think this is a symptom of Book Collecting Obsession, otherwise known as the life of a book lover. To honour these books and their extremely talented publishers to make them what they are, I'm going to highlight them here on my blog and include lots of lovely pictures so you can see what I'm talking about.

This feature won't be weekly, but I'll do it whenever I come across one of these books that makes me say "Wow!" to no-one in particular. All images can be enlarged if you click 'em, and don't read the text too carefully in case there's a sneaky spoiler in there.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 
by L. Frank Baum

Published by: The Folio Society
Released: 2010

A cyclone hits the plains of Kansas, plucking up the house where orphan Dorothy and her little dog Toto live with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. The house is whirled high into the air, and lands, with Dorothy and Toto, in the magical land of Oz. To return home, Dorothy must find the Great Wizard of Oz, destroy the Wicked Witch of the West, and travel even further, to the powerful Good Witch of the South. Fortunately, Dorothy finds new friends and loyal companions, a Scarecrow without a brain, a Tin Woodman without a heart and a Cowardly Lion, to accompany her on her quest to the Emerald City and beyond. 

This edition comes with a lovely slipcase. This is side one...

...and side two. The artwork really is beautiful all throughout the book, and is by Sara Ogilvie.

This is the front cover of the book which, as you can see, joins with the slipcase to make one big illustration. How cool is that?!

The back of the book and slipcase. The yellow brick road continues on!

Title page. As I was reading this for the first time, I got excited when I saw these pages and felt like I'd been transported back to being little and discovering a well-loved classic for the first time.

This is a map of all the locations in Oz. It's so detailed; my picture doesn't do it justice.

An example of how the illustrations look inside. Most of them are full page or double page spreads. The colours are fantastic and they add so much more to the text.

Thanks to The Folio Society, I have three illustrations to share with you from this book, in much better quality than my iPhone camera could ever capture. I hope you agree they're quite amazing!

Illustration by Sara Ogilvie.

 Illustration by Sara Ogilvie.

Illustration by Sara Ogilvie. 


Ryan said...

Wow. I love how the art has a kind of Tove Jannson feel to it. This is a book I have always wanted to read, being obsessed with the film as a kid. Might have to check this version out!

Great post, Jenny! :) said...

Did you get this at Barnes & Noble by any chance? They have one like this, if not this one, and it was SO beautiful!

prophecygirl said...

This one is a UK publication from The Folio Society. I bet the B&N one is lovely too!