Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - together with - Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], John Tenniel (illustrator) 1870 1872 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition, First Edition “Whilst Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan.

A finely bound pair, in which Tenniel’s illustrations, 42 in
Wonderland and 50 in Looking-Glass, perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement.
  “Duckworth and I made an expedition up the river to Godstow with the three Liddells: we had tea on the bank there…On which occasion, I told them the fairy-tale of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground…” recalls Lewis Carroll. And thus was born one of the greatest children’s classics of all time…

The story ultimately became
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There and was first published in London in 1866 The original manuscript that Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) presented to Alice Liddell – the inspiration behind perhaps the most famous and best-loved children’s fairytale – on 26th November 1864 now resides in the British Library, gifted to the nation after the war in 1948 by a group of Anglophile American book collectors.

Tenniel’s illustrations perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. They were an integral part of creating Alice’s fairytale world and are without doubt some of the best-known images, indelibly etched into the memory of countless children. In
The Looking Glass, Tenniel gave Alice a hairband, now widely known as an ‘Alice band.’ Tenniel and Carroll quarrelled over the illustrations, most famously over the use of a model for Alice and the working relationship was further strained. Tenniel’s original drawings were reproduced by the Dalziel Brothers as woodcuts.’

(Written for Lok Man Rare Books by Stephanie Chan - October 2008)

Printing and the Mind of Man, 532. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'. 'Alice' listed in BBC's Big Read (200 Best Novels) [2003].

Crown Octavo. pp. [12] 192 [2]; [12] 224 [2]
  Bound in matching full burgundy morocco, spines with Alice motifs and titles in gilt, panels with single gilt fillet border, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in custom, lined slipcase of burgundy buckram.   Condition: Near fine, small amount of smudges, spots, but generally clean, in fine bindings.   Ref: 107145   Price: HK$ 15,000