Alice in Wonderland (signed edition). The Folio Society presents a glorious new edition of Lewis Carroll's immortal tale, illustrated by acclaimed artist Charles van Sandwyk. 200 copies of this special collector's edition have been signed by the artist. Carroll possessed an unforced genius for the most brilliant nonsense and deliciously mad dialogue. Lewis Carroll's extraordinary dream of a world - or world of a dream - has seeped into our collective consciousness like few other books.
Filled with outlandish creatures and quizzical conversations, its apparent nonsense is underpinned by its own logic, which surely makes it the most imaginative tale ever written. Widely adapted, it has also been translated into 176 languages, including Cockney, Middle Breton and three languages of Zimbabwe. Tinted title pages and a spectacular binding design reflect the magic of Carroll's incomparable story, while Charles van Sandwyk's series of charming colour plates and black-and-white drawings neatly capture its many iconic characters.
Van Sandwyk has signed a specially commissioned four-colour illustrated book plate for this collector's edition. Signed by Charles van Sandwyk. Four-colour illustrated book plate printed on Conqueror Oyster Laid. Bound in blocked cloth with an inset printed label. 37 integrated colour illustrations and 44 black & white illustrations.
Van Sandwyk has previously worked with The Folio Society on. The Wind in the Willows.
(the latter of which he also wrote), as well as the limited edition of. Which was published in 2015. This edition includes many of the same extravagant design details as the limited edition, plus a series of wonderful, newly coloured illustrations. To complement these, a multitude of pen-and-ink drawings - many incorporating Charles van Sandwyk's charming calligraphy - portray the book's iconic characters with wit and tenderness. Each chapter opens with an elaborate dropped initial that is intertwined with motifs from the chapter: the Rabbit's watch and tiny kid-gloves; the Queen's roses; a tureen of mock turtle soup.
Alice is famous for its typographic jokes (the mouse's tail is a source of fun for designers of every edition) and there are plenty more illustrative puns to discover among these pages.