Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

CARROLL, Lewis (author). Charles van SANDWYK (illustrator). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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CARROLL, Lewis (author). Charles van SANDWYK (illustrator). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London; The Folio Society. 2016.

Folio. Original fine white vellum-backed pictorial burgundy boards, flat spine lettered longitudinally in gold leaf, vellum corner tips, the upper cover stunningly panelled and decorated in gilt, silver foil, metallic red, and enamel white and black with a design of the White Rabbit, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, preserved in the publisher's fine terracotta cloth-covered fall-down-back box with onlaid decorative paper label to spine; pp. [vi], 3-160 + [iii], printed on finest Ambassador Cream Twin-Wire laid paper; with prelims on heavy brown and green stock exquisitely printed after the artist's calligraphy including an onlaid full-size original etching of Alice and White Rabbit, numbered and signed in pencil by van Sandwyk, with a decorative gilt border; with portrait frontispiece of Alice, 9 other coloured plates mounted-at-large within gilt panels and pictorial borders, a host of charming smaller drawings, or scraps in colour, printed on Olin silk paper and each individually excised and carefully mounted-at-large to decorate the text, alongside full-, and double-page plates in sepia line, with sepia illustrations and decorations throughout in profusion and elaborate historiated initials heightened with gold; as new, with publisher's mailing box.
First edition illustrated thus, printed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. One of only 1,000 numbered signed copies. The limited etching was printed under the artist's supervision on cotton mould-made paper and the book is hand-bound in vellum blocked in 22-carat gold leaf.