JANSSON, Tove (illustrator). Lewis CARROLL (author). Alice I Underlandet. Stockholm; Albert Bonniers. 1966.
Large 8vo. Original brown cloth with gilt roundel to upper board, lettered in gilt to spine, preserved in white pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-111 + [i]; with line illustrations throughout in profusion, including 11 coloured images (1 full-page); a near fine copy both externally and internally, without inscription and mild uniform toning to stock, protected by an uncommonly fresh dustwrapper (Pris: 23:50) with very small triangular chip (1cm) to top edge of lower panel; scarce.
First edition thus, with illustrations by Tove Jansson and text in Swedish. The true first printing of this edition. The English translation with Jansson's illustrations was not published until considerably later, in 1977. This idiosyncratic and ethereal interpretation of Alice's adventures is particularly Scandinavian in flavour. Tove Jansson is best known as the creator of the Moomin books, which began with Comet in Momminland in 1946. Although born in Finland, the author was Swedish-speaking and wrote principally in that language.