ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. With a Proem by Austin Dobson

(London: William Heinemann, [1907]).

FIRST EDITION OF THIS SIGNIFICANT WORK, VERY SCARCE NOW. This edition, was the first with Arthur Rackham's illustrations. The controversy which ensued, as critics protested the "presumptuous" replacement of John Tenniel's illustrations, spurred sales of the book. The publisher sold 14,322 copies of ‘Alice’ at 6 shillings each within the first 6 months of its issue, resulting in Arthur Rackham’s all-time most successful book debut. While reviewers scorned Rackham’s artistic audacity, the public supported his fresh interpretation.
One uncharacteristically favorable review by The Daily Telegraph remarked, “The ‘Alice’...is not the heroine of Sir John Tenniel’s imagination; she is older and more sophisticated; but at the same time she has a tender, flickering light of imagination in her eyes, which lifts her out of the domain of the merely pretty and childish...Mr. Rackham’s inexhaustible imagination, working over and embroidering the ground-work of Tenniel’s types, has added a really wonderful wealth of uncanny, dreamlike mystery to the story...and extraordinary feeling into the drawing of the hands.” - Hamilton
Rackham’s ‘Alice’ is sure to delight readers today with its fanciful creatures, its charming depiction of the heroine Alice, and its consistent good humor. And be sure to look for the artist’s self-caricature in his rendition of the Mad Hatter in “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”. Item #29953

First edition with Rackham's illustrations. 13 color plates with captioned tissue guards, illustrated end-leaves and numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text, all by Arthur Rackham. Small 4to, publisher's original green cloth with pictorial design in gilt on the upper cover, lettered in dark green on the cover and spine. xi, 162 pp. An uncommonly nice copy of a book rarely found so, nearly free of the typical foxing, and the little that can be found especially light and unobtrusive, the spine far less than normally toned and with the lettering still bold, a light amount of age to the tips, again much better than one expects to see.

Price: $1,350.00