[CARROLL]. Ella PARRY-DAVIES (foreword by). Russian Alices. Illustrated Editions of Alice in Wonderland from the USSR and the Post-Soviet Era. The Foundry, Church Hanborough, Oxford; Artists' Choice Editions. 2016.
Small folio. Publisher's fine quarter red morocco-backed pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers (different at front and rear) designed by Gennady Kalinovsky and Vladimir Erko, together with a separate folder fashioned from patterned card (with an illustration of Alice to upper cover) containing 4 original aquatint engravings from editions of Alice by different artists, each numbered and signed in pencil, both items contained within the publisher's handsome black cloth fall-down-back solander case with onlaid patterned papers, and a different image of Alice, to upper board; pp. [viii], 9-171 + [v]; profusely illustrated, largely in colour, featuring artwork by a total of 80 different Russian artists printed as half-, full-, and double-page plates; fine.
First, and "Special" edition, being one of only 48 numbered copies bound in the superior leather binding and slipcase and including the complementary suite of 4 signed engravings by Yyulya Protsyshyn, Sergiy Hrapov, Sergiy Ivanov and Konstantin Antiokhin.
This is a complete version of the text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland enlivened by an impressive range of Russian illustration and is the very first exploration of the various Russian and Ukrainian illustrated editions of this classic. The volume is set in Galliard type, by Charles Hall, printed on Stow White paper, and bound by Ludlow Bookbinders. The book benefits from a valuable checklist at the rear, compiled by Olia Harris, listing 53 Russian illustrators who have interpreted Carroll's Alice in its entirety (most of whom are represented in the book) and 45 additional artists who have produced paintings or illustrations inspired by the books but, as far as can be established, have not completed a book.