"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without
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
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