Alice In Wonderland - BOOK OF THE YEAR!


Verlag: FOLIO London
Neu Zustand: New Hardcover
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The Folio Society presents a glorious new edition of Lewis Carroll’s immortal tale, illustrated by the acclaimed artist Charles van Sandwyk, and recently announced Winner of Best British Book and overall Book of the Year. With a vellum binding blocked in real gold, exquisite typography and a hand-printed etching signed by the illustrator; this is in series with the limited edition of The Wind in the Willows. Filled with outlandish creatures and quizzical conversations, its apparent nonsense underpinned by its own curious logic, Alice in Wonderland is surely the most imaginative tale ever written. Perhaps the most adapted and appropriated story on earth, Alice has been translated into no fewer than 176 languages, including Cockney, Middle Breton and three of the languages of Zimbabwe. Its characters were so memorably defined by John Tenniel in the first edition that all subsequent illustrators are presented with an exceptional challenge. No artist is better suited to meet it than Charles van Sandwyk, who reveres the work of his great predecessor, yet is able to bring to the story a sense of the absurd brilliance in depicting animals, and his own special whimsicality which is so in tune with the spirit of Carroll. For this lavish edition Charles has created 11 wonderful new colour illustrations, all tipped in by hand within elaborate gold borders. Added to these are a multitude of pen-and-ink drawings – many incorporating his charming calligraphy – portraying the book’s memorable characters with unfailing wit and tenderness. From the careful choice of printing inks to the details of the binding, each element of this new edition has been designed to reflect the magic of Carroll’s incomparable story. The solander box is bound in cloth, with a beautifully lettered spine label. Opening the box, we find the book itself, bound with a vellum spine, blocked in 24-carat gold. The paper sides are blocked in four foils with a confection of images from the book, centred on the dapper White Rabbit sporting a spangled red waistcoat beneath his gold topcoat. Within the book is a limitation spread blocked in dark brown and gold on two shades of laid paper, with a tipped-in etching numbered and signed by the artist. The title page is a grand affair in the best golden-age tradition, featuring the supercilious Caterpillar, smoking his hookah. The text is printed in warm black ink, chosen to harmonise both with the gold decorations and with the cream-laid paper on which they are printed; and each chapter opens with an elaborate dropped initial, all different, all intertwined with motifs from the chapter in question – the Rabbit’s watch and tiny kid-gloves; the Queen’s roses; a tureen of mock turtle soup – all highlighted with gold. Alice is famous for its typographic jokes (the mouse’s tail is a source of fun for designers of every edition), and in this edition there are plenty more. The endpapers are printed letterpress with an array of freshly imagined images of the most famous scenes – the artist’s invention seems limitless. Also featured in this edition are a series of ‘scraps’ that hark back to the Victorian pastime of collecting small cut-out pictures into albums or ‘scrapbooks’. Again lovingly created by Charles, these miniature colour illustrations can be found scattered throughout the book, carefully cut out and tipped into place. THIS COPY IS STILL SEALED IN ITS PUBLISHER's BOX. Obviously, unread. Language: eng. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-18141840693

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Titel: Alice In Wonderland - BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Verlag: FOLIO London

Einband: Hardcover


Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: Limited Edition


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