Posts Tagged ‘alice through the looking glass

14
Dec
19

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure

 

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure by Aleksandra Artymowska.

Large format hardback- published by Big Picture Press, June 2019

ISBN-10: 1787414906
ISBN-13: 978-1787414907

Really lovely visual puzzle book, covering just about all the events of both Alice books- from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to the Lion and the Unicorn and the knitting sheep. The reader is tasked to spot differences between Mock Turtles, track down the Cheshire cat or escape a 3D chessboard.

Aleksandra Artymowska is an illustrator, graphic designer and painter from Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2005. She has also produced puzzle versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80… Puzzles.

From the publishers blurb:

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book, Aleksandra Artymowska’s stunning scenes are packed with references to the original, from the Mad Hatter’s tea party to lines of marching playing cards. Readers must riddle their way from one page to another, cracking clues, finding hidden objects, and meandering through mazes. Beautifully illustrated and full of nostalgic charm, this imaginative puzzle book will appeal to readers young and old.

 

You can find a lot more of the images here, or on the artist’s Facebook page.

Highly recommended, and available on Amazon here.

 

 

16
Aug
19

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1949.

Cover: grey and white illustrated boards. Full of really beautiful colour illustrations: I love these.

Leonard Weisgard (December 13, 1916-January 14, 2000) was an award-winning illustrator of over200 children’s books. On accepting the Caldecott Medal in 1948, he said:

“There are times in illustrating when the artist of today must rub his nose against the reality of things and try to catch with the honesty of a child a yellow sun like a pat of butter in the sky, with clouds of cottage cheese and the smoke of boats flying in all directions, with no concern for north or east. Houses with windows gaping and people like raisins on the street, a fire engine tearing off the page and a policeman stopping everything.”

Check out the website about him here.

Sometimes available on amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass … With illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

17
Feb
16

The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

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The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Fantasy Adventure Module by E. Gary Gygax.

Publisher: TSR Hobbies Inc. (1983). 32-page booklet with an outer folder.

In this D&D module, the players can meet the Jabberwock, JubJub bird, Bandersnatch, and the Walrus and the Carpenter, and get involved in a giant game of chess. The White Knight becomes an iron golem riding an iron horse, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are renamed T. Deeous and T. Diumm.

Available on Amazon: The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Fantasy Adventure Module – EX2, Adventure Module for Character Levels 9-12

 

31
Dec
11

The Philosopher’s Alice

The Philosopher’s Alice: Lewis Carroll with notes and introduction by Peter Heath. Subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to a Misunderstood Nursery Classic.

Tenniel illustrations

Published by Academy Editions, London, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition.

Peter Heath was a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. The book is the original text (both books) with philosophical asides and comments: Heath himself says that the books show “surprising insights into abstract questions of philosophy”. Very interesting stuff: well worth a read.

On the “Raven/ Writing Desk’ riddle:

‘Shibles compares this to the unanswerable questions allegedly asked by Philosophers. But the real objection to it is that it has too many answers, namely all the innumerable negative properties that ravens share with writing desks (by which I suppose he means logical negatives like ‘neither of them have a chimney’). If these do not count then neither does the property of unanswerability which the Hatter’s riddle is supposed to share with the questions of Philosophers.’

On amazon: The Philosopher’s Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

08
Nov
11

Illustrated By Barry Moser

Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.

Designed and Illustrated By Barry Moser.

Published by Pennyroyal, University of California Press, 1983.

First edition hardback with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0-520-053098

Barry Moser (born 1940) is an American illustrator, printer, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist, and teacher. He’s been involved in over 300 books, and this Alice won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983 and apparently prompted the poet John Ashbery to call Moser’s work “never less than dazzling.” The pictures are truly wonderful: dark and disturbing woodcuts. And there are plenty of them.

The book also includes footnotes in rather fetching red ink, and several appendices including the Wasp in the Wig ‘lost chapter’.

Bought at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair from Jean Hedger (jean.hedger@virgin.net).

Sometimes available on Amazon: Lewis Carroll’s through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,

19
Jan
11

alice through the looking glass: 1872 edition

Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

50 illustrations by John Tenniel. Red hardcover with gilt trim and all page edges gilt. Published by Macmillan & Co. 1872. Twenty first thousand. (First edition but later printing). Publisher’s advertisements at the back.

It’s surprising how reasonably you can pick up early Looking Glass printings. There are several of these on abebooks for around the 25-30 quid mark. You wouldn’t get a Wonderland for that…

Having said that, this is very precious to me- it’s my oldest book and was given as an anonymous Christmas present. Although I have a shrewd idea who from…

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




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