Alice In Wonderland Alice's Arthur Rackham Adventures Carroll Antique Book Rare For Sale
This sale is for anoriginal1919edition of "ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND" by Lewis Carroll.
Thisis one of the mosthighly sought after of all Alice books because it is filled with12 COLOUR PLATES!!!, as well asMANY PEN-AND-INK, by thecelebrated "Alice" artist, ARTHUR RACKHAM!
YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
It is a work of children's literature by the English mathematician and author, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm populated by talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is fraught with satirical allusions to Dodgson's friends and to the lessons that British schoolchildren were expected to memorize. A girl named Alice is bored while on a picnic with her older sister. She finds interest in a passing white rabbit, dressed in a waistcoat and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" She follows it down a rabbit-hole where she finds herself floating down into a dream underworld. As she attempts to follow the rabbit, she has several adventures. She grows to gigantic size and shrinks to a fraction of her original height; meets a group of small animals stranded in a sea of her own previously shed tears; gets trapped in the rabbit's house when she enlarges herself again; meets a baby which changes into a pig, and a cat which disappears leaving only his smile behind; goes to a never-ending tea party; goes to the shore and meets a Gryphon and a Mock Turtle; and attends the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who has been accused of stealing tarts. Eventually, Alice wakes up back with her sister. The Wonderland described in the tale plays with logic in ways that have made the story of lasting popularity with adults as well as children.
Published in 1919, it is in GOOD+CONDITION! forits age andespecially to be94 YEARS OLD!!!ALLTEXTIS PRESENT!!! and tightly bound withNO TEARS!!! orstray intextmarkings. Its most notable flaw is the illustration facing page 36 is missing. The cloth is also worn thin on the back exterior joint. It measures 6" x 8 1/4" andis complete with162 pages.Early "Alice" books with color illustrations arevery scarce and in high demandso...GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Arthur Rackham is perhaps the most well known artist who illustrated books during that era dubbed the "Golden Age" of illustration, which spanned the years 1870 - 1930. He was born in London, England on September 19, 1867. He studied at the City of London School where he won prizes and a reputation for his art. At the age of 18, he became a clerk and in his spare time studied at the Lambeth School of Art. He began to draw at a very young age and made occasional sales to the illustrated magazines of the day, like Scraps and Chums. In 1891 and 1892, he had a close association with the Pall Mall Budget as one of this weekly's main illustrative reporters. Rackham's early work showed facility but little else. The humor and romance and soul that were to make him the premier illustrator of the early twentieth century had not manifested themselves yet. In 1892, he left his clerk position at the Westminster Fire Office for the uncertainty of a career as an illustrator. He became a full time artist at the age of 25 working at the Westminster Budget, a weekly magazine, that provided him with regular work as a reporter as he tackled the burgeoning book market. His first efforts gave no indication of the fancy that was to come and are very indicative of an artist in search of a style. His first book illustrations, published in 1893, were mostly reused images from magazines or books featuring the work of several illustrators. His first book with illustrations done specifically on commission was in 1896. It was with the publication of The Zankiwank and the Bletherwitch in 1896 that the style that made Rackham famous first began to emerge. He was developing a style that was not only his own, but was to influence a generation of children and artists. The roots of his style were surely evident in his early books, but the flowering took place with the appearance of his Rip Van Winkle in 1905. It set Rackham upon his course to fame. It was Rackham's first major book. The publisher, William Heinemann, knew it had a sure best seller. Rackham painted 51 color plates, tipped-in and gathered together at the rear of the book. They featured all of the traits that were soon to be as famous as his signature: a sinuous pen line softened with muted water color; forests of looming, frightening trees with grasping roots; sensuous, but somehow chaste, fairy maidens; ogres and trolls ugly enough to repulse but with sufficient good nature not to frighten; and backgrounds filled with little nuggets of hidden images or surprising animated animals or trees. Most obvious is the calm and good humor of the drawings. His delicate figures in the wondrous forests and fields of the fairytales elicit remarkable cognitive sensations. The muted earth tones and attention to minute detail make it a piece of work timeless to the lover of Victorian style art. They seem imbued with a gentle joy that must have been reassuring to both the children and their parents. Rackham had found his niche. His drawings would convey a non-threatening yet fearful thrill and a beauty that was in no way overtly sexy or lewd. It was a perfect Victorian solution and he seems to have taken to it with an impish delight. Beginning with Rip Van Winkle, Rackham produced a series of lavishly illustrated books, most of which were published in signed limited editions as well as in cloth bound trade editions. Rackham was a marketable commodity and everybody wanted one of the golden eggs. Rip Van Winkle was soon followed by Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens (1906), Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1907) and a host of other popular titles. He won a Gold Medal at the Milan International Exhibition and participated in an exhibition at Leicester Galleries in December after Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was published. In 1907, Arthur Rackham was profiled in The World in their feature "Celebrities at Home," and received a contract for Alice in Wonderland. In 1908 Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. His style owes a great deal to 16th century artists such as Albrecht Durer and Albrecht Altdorfer. Arthur Rackham was awarded a 1st Class Medal at the Barcelona International exhibition in 1911 for his illustrations from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Undine, The Ring, and The Imp of the Smoke, which was purchased by the Barcelona Museum. In 1912, he was elected into the position of Associate of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris. He sold some of his work to Edmund Davis for presentation to the Luxembourg Gallery in Paris as well as being included in exhibitions at the Louvre, Paris, and in Leipzig in 1914. During the next few years, Rackham's contributions include King Albert's Book, Princess Mary's Gift Book, and The Queen's Gift Book. In 1919, he was elected Master of the Art worker's Guild in which he would speak publicly on issues that have an impact on the profession. During this time he was commissioned to illustrate a series of soap advertisements for the Colgate Co. which turned out to be his largest commission in the United States. His books and original art are now collected in many countries throughout the world. When he died, Rackham left a body of work whose range and consistent high quality has remained unrivaled. He never lost the joy and sense of wonderment and he never gave in to the baser styles that fell in and out of favor over the years. From Queen Victoria's death in 1901 to the start of World War I, Rackham's illustrations preserved a lifestyle and a sensibility that kept the frighteningly modern future at bay. His beautiful drawings were the antithesis of the industrial advances that allowed them to be printed at affordable prices. Even into the twenties and thirties, his art was a constant reminder of those aspects of innocence that had been left behind. He always kept his gentle humor and his Wind in the Willows, published posthumously in 1940, is as much a children's classic as his Peter Pan. Rackham died in 1939, but his artwork continues to enchant the public of all ages and all cultures. "In imagination, draftsmanship and colour-blending, his work stands alone. His deep understanding of the spirit of myth, fable, and folklore affords him a transcendent range of expression." [Arthur Rackham, a Bibliography, by Sarah Briggs Latimore and Grace Clark Haskell, Los Angeles, Suttonhouse, 1936]. The fact that Rackham's books are avidly sought after today is a testament to the enduring quality of his artwork. Because many of Rackham's books have been reprinted in modern times, book lovers of today have been able to enjoy his fanciful artwork. But to truly appreciate his skill and talent, there is nothing that compares to the quality of printing and sharpness that appears in original editions of his works.
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HISTORY OF ALICE:
Those of you familiar with our sales may wonder what we're doing including "ALICE in WONDERLAND" in our sales? Well, the original manuscript for this classic bedtime story was written right in the middle of the Civil War, in 1862. This is what ordinary Americans were reading as entertainment at the time. It provided temporary escape and relief from the ravages of the War. The Author: Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was a mathematician and a logician who lectured at Oxford for some 26 years. He was also an accomplished photographer and a Church Deacon. Dodgson's pen name was Lewis Carroll. Dodgson first told the story during a 2½ hour rowing trip with friends on July 4th, 1862. He created the story on the spur of the moment to entertain the three young daughters of the Dean of Christ Church at Oxford, (Alice, Lorina, and Edith Liddell). 10 year old Alice later pleaded with Carroll to commit the story to paper. He completed it the following February. This first manuscript, called "Alice's Adventures Underground" is thought to have probably been destroyed in 1864 when, on November 26th 1864, Dodgson presented Alice Liddell with a more elaborate hand-printed second version which included 37 of his own illustrations as a Christmas present. Reverend Dodgson later showed the tale to his friend George Macdonald, who urged him to publish it. He then revised and expanded the tale to almost twice its length. This third version was published by Macmillan and Co. in London, on July 4th, 1865. Sir John Tenniel was the artist who agreed to illustrate the revised and expanded text which was now called Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Tenniel's black and white illustrations were made for the reproductive process known as wood-engraving. For more history about this book, check out this site:
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