Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures?"
For over 125 years John Tenniel's superb illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have been the perfect complement to Lewis Carroll's timeless story. In that time Alice has been illustrated by numerous artists, but not one has come close to matching the universal appeal of the original pictures.
This is the first Alice to reproduce Ternniel's exquisite drawings from prints taken directly from the original wood engravings. Here, Tenniel's fine line work is far crisper, delicate shadings are reproduced with more subtlety, and details never seen before are now visible.
Like most nineteenth-century children's books, the pictures for Alice were created by transferring the artist's drawings to woodblocks, But with Alice, the original blocks served as masters from which metal plates were made for printing. Unfortunately, these plates deteriorated from the repeated pressure applied during printing, and over time, many of the fine lines in Tenniel's pictures simply vanished altogether.As the year-, passed, the original woodblocks disappeared and were believed lost; then, in 1985 they were discovered in a London bank vault.
Now, for the first time, prints from these woodblocks have been used to produce a deluxe gift edition with clearer, more detailed images than have ever been seen before. At last, readers can see the Alice that Carroll and Tenniel had originally envisioned.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElizaJane - LibraryThing
I've read this three times now. Once to myself as a kid, once aloud to my oldest and just finished reading it alound to my youngest. A classic for the young and old, boy or girl. I do find that the ... Read full review
Just what my daughter wantedUser Review - doggiesaregreat - Overstock.com
Who doesnt love Alice in Wonderland. My daughter wanted this for part of her Christmas gift she was so happy great book. Read full review