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Coming from Dover Publications in April is this fabulous new compilation of over 120 illustrations from artists who have illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice, dating from the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.

Few books of the past 200 years have captured the imagination of illustrators as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has. The original edition of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 masterpiece featured 42 woodblock engravings by John Tenniel. Created in close collaboration with the author, Tenniel’s visions of the young heroine and her extraordinary encounters were but the first of many interpretations of Wonderland.

Sir John Tenniel illustration from Alice Illustrated

Alice Illustrated, an new compilation published by Dover Publications, explores a century and a half of exuberant, imaginative artistic conceptions of Alice’s world. More than 100 images include Tenniel’s engravings, together with colour and black-and-white illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Bessie Pease Gutmann, Margaret Tarrant, Millicent Sowerby, Milo Winter, Thomas Maybank, and many others.

Editor Jeff Menges offers commentary on the illustrators and their work, and noted collector Mark Burstein shares a bibliophile’s perspective.

Shown here are some examples of the captivating illustrations from the book.

Margaret Tarrant illustration from Alice Illustrated

one of 120 illustrations in Alice Illustrated

A Mad Tea Party: illustration by Willy Pogany, from Alice Illustrated, published by Dover Publications

Illustration by Gwynedd Hudson from Alice Illustrated

A. E. Jackson illustration from Alice IllustratedArthur Rackham image from Alice IllustratedIllustration by George Soper from Alice Illustrated

A major contribution to the history of modern book illustration, Alice Illustrated will delight lovers of English literature and children’s books, collectors of Lewis Carroll’s works, and fans of the great illustrators.

Alice Illustrated, edited by Jeff Menges

Alice Illustrated (ISBN 978 0 486 48204 0, RRP £20.99, published by Dover Publications), will be available in the UK in April 2012 from the Book Depository, Amazon and major online and bricks and mortar book retailers.

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