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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

ISBN: 9780688110871 | 0688110878
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
Pub. Date: 8/24/2010

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"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, manyof 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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