Archive for February 6th, 2010

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Feb
10

Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev.

Published by Simply Read Books, 2003. Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 1894965000

From Ghiuselev’s website:

Iassen Ghiuselev is one of the most notable illustrators of our days.

His art is characterised by its brilliant technique, inspired by the Renaissance, the good schools of realism of the 19th century, from the pre-Rafaelites to the Succession. At the same time, his works are modern in their conception of design and point of view, in a game between light and dark. The characteristic play on perpective calls to mind the art of Escher.

The list of books that he has illustrated include titles like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin, Don Quixote by Cervantes, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde and John Ruskin; myths like Arthur and Excalibur and Orpheus and Eurydice; stories about the lives of personalities like Socrates or Michelangelo; tarot cards and more.

They are lovely drawings, and I also like the bookmark shaped as a ‘Read Me’ label.

Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I hope my friend Anna won’t mind me saying that the cover always reminds me of her…

06
Feb
10

Illustrated by A.H. Watson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, illustrated by A.H.Watson.

Published by Collins in 1956. Inscription on the flyleaf dated 1957.

Hardbound: cloth boards, with no dustjacket.

I love the cover of this with the surrounding lists of characters protecting Alice in the middle.

Illustrations are a mixture of black and white text inclusions, and colour plates.

06
Feb
10

Illustrated by Ralph Steadman

Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

Published by Firefly. The 47 amazing pen and ink illustrations were first published in 1967, but in this edition 2003.

ISBN: 1552977544

There are two prefaces from Steadman, one written in 1967 and one in 1986. I like the earlier one, explaining his decisions on how to draw the different characters.

You can even buy umbrellas with the pictures on :)

…and the amazon link is: Alice in Wonderland, although I’m rather doubtful about the quoted price of over £700…

06
Feb
10

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Published by Walker Books, 1999. Hardback first edition with dustjacket. 4to.

ISBN: 0744561248

Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal for this book in 1999.

There are loads of pictures, and the Alice in this book is feisty and modern, with her slightly scruffy blue dress and white plimsols. I don’t think she’d mind getting muddy falling down the rabbit hole.

On amazon here: Alice in Wonderland

06
Feb
10

Lewis Carroll Photographs

Lewis Carroll Photographs. Editor: Karl Steinorth.

Published by Edition Stemmle, 1991.

ISBN: 372310407X

Square paperback collection of Carroll’s sepia tinted photos and an essay by Colin Ford. Text in German and English.

Carroll/Dodgson took up photography in 1856, under the influence of his uncle Skeffington Lutwidge. He is most famous for his photographs of young girls, but he also took studies of famous people of the time, including Millais, Ellen Terry, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Faraday, Holman Hunt, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
You can see some of the pictures here.

Amazon link: LEWIS CARROLL: Photographien/Photographs

06
Feb
10

Lewis Carroll: Looking-Glass Letters

Lewis Carroll: Looking-Glass Letters: The Illustrated Letters. Selected and introduced by Thomas Hinde.

Published by Collins and Brown, 1991. Paperback.

An insight into the life of Lewis Carroll, and the story behind the books, told through Carroll’s own letters and diaries. Includes loads of pictures by all the best known illustrators of Lewis Carroll’s books, including John Tenniel, Edward Lear and Rackham.

06
Feb
10

Illustrated by Mervyn Peake

Both Alices, with illustrations by Mervyn Peake. Published by Bloomsbury.

Wonderland: published 2001 in this edition. Introduction by Will Self.
Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0747553688

Looking Glass: published 2001 in this edition. Introduction by Zadie Smith.
Hardback with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0747553734

Loads of stuff about Mervyn Peake here.

Box set of the two available on Amazon: Alice/Looking-glass Box-set




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