A E Jackson Alice In Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1919 Fine Binding Arthur Rackham For Sale
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis CarrollIllustrated by
A.E. JacksonEarly UK Jackson edition,
in original dust jacket* Only jacketed copy currently available worldwide *
(in any printing)Published by
Humphrey Milford, London
Similar to Lovett 239.This is one of the most opulent and beautiful early editions of Alice in Wonderland, a sumptuous production typical of the Edwardian era – the so-called Golden Age of book illustration.
A.E. Jackson’s 16 colour plates, presented in the style of the great gift books of Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham (each plate hand-mounted on coloured card), are truly outstanding, painted in a delicate, harmonious colour palette and with a wonderful eye for detail. There is a touch of Rackham to the illustrations, but Jackson’s work undoubtedly retains its own vision.
The first UK Jackson edition of 1915 (published by Henry Frowde/Hodder & Stoughton) is very scarce; I can locate only one collectable copy currently for sale worldwide. This early reissue – identical in format to the first edition, and equally uncommon – comes complete with the original dust jacket, rarely seen.
Note that the first British Jackson edition, with its beautiful, gilt-decorated cover design by the artist, is much more desirable than the American edition, which has a completely different (non-Jackson) cover, nowhere near as nice.
A fabulous book, here in lovely complete and intact, with no owner inscriptions. Contents very clean, with only a few small, pale smudges. A few minor flaws commensurate with age, or from production process: usual minor separation between some gatherings (also at title-page hinge), usual age-toning to paper, two consecutive leaves with corner crease (lightly impressed on to adjacent leaves; original production flaw), text pages with usual slight offsetting/foxing from plates, several pairs of leaves clumsily opened, with uneven/ragged edges, one mount (plus adjoining page) previously loose (now re-glued; fore-edge of mount with a little bumping/creasing plus two or three nicks), first few leaves with light diagonal crease, half-title page with browning (probably from piece of paper previously laid in), last plate with light diagonal crease (original production flaw; see scans), uncut (protruding) edges with usual bumping, creasing, nicks and wear. Free endpapers with offsetting/tanning; rear endpaper hinge with two nicks. Top of page block with slight scratching, lower corner with usual shelf-soiling. Binding slightly loose. Boards and spine as shown; very clean and fresh, well protected by jacket. Unclipped dust jacket as per images, including old paper repairs to reverse; supplied in previous owner’s protective sleeve.
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Binding photographed (above) and scanned (below).
More images of dust jacket further below.
Below: front and rear endpapers.
Below: reverse of jacket,
showing old paper repairs.
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