Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


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Hodder & Stoughton, 1932. Centenary edition. 12 tissue-guarded, tipped-in colour plates, and numerous 2-tone and monochrome illustrations by Gwynedd M. Hudson. Spine faded, a couple of the plates are slightly loose from the page, but no damage to binding, quality of plates, or paper. Internally no markings or inscriptions. A very good copy of a highly collectable edition, usually found in a less-than-desirable state. 

'Produced in 1932 to mark the one-hundred year anniversary of Lewis Carroll's birth, here is a wonderful example of his classic phantasmagoric tale.  Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children and adults for 150 years; curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, are among the most iconic literary creations of all time.
No greater books for children have ever been written, the simple language, dreamlike atmosphere, and fantastical characters are as appealing to young readers today as ever they were.
Meanwhile, these apparently simple stories have become recognised as adult masterpieces; extraordinary demonstrations in Modernism and Surrealism, years ahead of their time. Using wordplay, parody and  philosophical puzzles, Carroll casts a variety of sub-texts; teasing, ominous or melancholic. For all the surface playfulness there is meaning everywhere. The author reveals himself in glimpses.'

Gwynedd M. Hudson was a British artist and designer who created exquisite illustrations and hand-drawn texts for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

'In the Alice books, there is the feeling that Wonderland is Alice's world alone, yet she has no place in it. She is always late, in the way, misunderstanding what ought to be obvious .. In this way, Carroll is the precursor of Kafka, and ultimately Alice's Adventures In Wonderland has far more in common with The Trial and The Castle than with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or The Wizard of Oz.' - Mark Fisher, 2010.

'Like so many Victorians, Dodgson was hung up on the romantic agony of childhood. The Victorians looked on infancy as a period of perilous wonder, when the world was experienced with such keen intensity that growing up seemed like a fail and a betrayal. And yet they seemed to do everything they could to smother this primal intensity of childhood. Instead of listening to these witnesses of innocence, they silenced them, taught them elaborate manners, and reminded them of their bounded duty to be seen and not heard.' - Jonathan Miller.

"Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall.
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall,
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call.
Call Alice
When she was just small.
When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low.
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know.
When logic and proportion" - White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.  

Category Children's Books