Posts Tagged ‘2004

13
Feb
10

Illustrated by Peter Blake

Alice Through the Looking Glass illustrated by Sir Peter Blake.

Signed and numbered limited edition of 500 copies: this is number 406/500.

Published by D3, 2004.

Peter Blake is one of the leading figures of British pop art, and is probably best known for designing the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover for the Beatles.

Blake was originally commissioned to illustrate the Alice books back in 1969, but the cost of producing the books was considered too high, so the eight watercolours were issued as limited edition screen prints in 1970. Years later, this limited edition was produced, including all eight.

There are also photos taken by Blake of the models he used: both human and of the landscape, with explanations of how the pictures were made.

This was my most expensive purchase, although I paid considerably less (in Marchpane, Cecil Court) than the current amazon price: Alice: Through the Looking Glass: And What Alice Found There

You can get an unsigned, non-limited version for rather less: Alice: Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There

12
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Newspaper

The Looking Glass: give-away newspaper advertising the release of Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars in the UK.

Published 2004 and given away in Borders.

Single sheet folded in two to give a 4 page newspaper.

Looking Glass Wars itself here.

02
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Published by Egmont, 2004. Hardback with dust jacket.

ISBN: 1405209879

Beddor apparently wrote this for boy’s after being forced to read the ‘girl’s book’ Alice as a child. It shows: I thought this was all violence and no characterisation.

The Amazon review says:

Beddor imagines that Alice’s wonderland did indeed exist. That it was not fairy tale. Princess Alyss Heart was heir to the throne of Wonderland, but was cruelly usurped when her Aunt Redd stormed Wondertropolis and murdered her parents. Fleeing for her life, Alyss was transported to our world, to the world of Charles Dodgson and literary Oxford in the late 19th Century. Taken in by the Liddells, Alyss at first steadfastly refused to denounce her true bearing as fiction. But after years of convincing nobody of her origins and noble birth–Alyss Heart became Alice Liddell. And it was Alice Liddell who inspired Dodgson to write his legendary novel about her–despite Alyss’s accusations that he has cruelly twisted her story to make light of her heritage for entertainment.

Alyss’s Wonderland is an occupied land that must be freed. And Alyss eventually realises that she must once again go back to her true home and try to reclaim it. And it is going to be a bloody reckoning.

Amazon: The Looking Glass Wars
Looking Glass Wars website here.




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