Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, pseud. Lewis Carroll, Peter Newell.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

1901. London: Harper & Brothers, 1901.

8vo, xvii, 193 pp. with frontispiece portrait of Carroll, forty black and white plates by Newell, and decorative page borders in green by Robert Murray Wright. Original white paper boards and green dust-jacket, both with titles and embossed image of Alice in gilt. Boards slightly spotted, jacket fading to brown and cracking at folds, complete but for a chip in the crown of the spine and very rarely seen better.

§ First edition illustrated by Peter Newell. Newell was the first major illustrator to tackle Carroll’s work after Tenniel (Rackham’s Alice was not published until 1907) and the first to depart significantly from Tenniel’s vision, opening the door to the many varied interpretations of the twentieth century. His soft pencil drawings emphasize the comedy in the book and often depict moments that Tenniel and the intervening illustrators ignored, such as the three sisters who lived at the bottom of the well and the moment the hedgehog croquet balls commence to fight. An important milestone in the history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Item #106388

Price: $1,500.00