Archive for February 6th, 2010


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…


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.


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…


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


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


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.


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


American McGee’s Alice

American McGee’s Alice. Third person computer game based on the Alice characters.

Alice’s house is burned down by a fire which also kills her family. She tries to commit suicide, and becomes catatonic, so she is shut up in Rutledge Asylum, where she is mistreated by the workers.
After ten years in the asylum, the White Rabbit summons Alice to help save a twisted version of Wonderland, ruled by the evil Queen of Hearts. She encounters rather nastier versions of many of her Wonderland and Looking Glass friends: the Caterpillar, the Hatter, the Tweedles and the Cheshire Cat; who serves as Alice’s companion- appearing to ‘guide’ her with rather cryptic comments.

Alice has several weapons within the game, including some based on toys: jacks, dice, a jack-in-the-box and playing cards. There’s plenty of blood for those that way inclined…

I have both the PC and mac versions: the mac game no longer runs on my newer machines, but the PC one plays fine on my boyfriend’s computer. The mac cover has Alice with a knife rather than the cards shown on my PC copy.

There is talk both of a sequel, and of a film based on the first game.


Alice in Wonderland Card Game

Alice in Wonderland Card Game. Pepys series, Gibson Games. (H.P.Gibson & Sons Ltd, London). Collecting type card game, featuring coloured versions of the Tenniel illustrations. The game consists of a deck of 48 cards featuring John Tenniel’s illustrations, and arranged as 16 sets of 3 cards each, all with the same number. One card in each set is the ‘leading card’, and lists the titles of the two other cards in the set. For example, the leading card in the first set is “Alice Telescoping” with the instructions “Find the ‘Rabbit running away’ and The ‘Fan.’ The objective of the game is to complete the most sets, which is done by playing a leading card face up on the table, and then asking the other players for the cards that make up the set.

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