Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
First Trade Edition Published by William Heinemann, London in 1907
Unique Full Leather Custom Binding by Richard Tong
Binding Details: Unique leather binding by Richard Tong that is bound in green Harmatan goatskin with inlaid white Katsina goatskin that contains onlays of red leather hearts. The spine feature five raised bands and red leather tiles with white titling. There are hand-marbled endpapers designed by Jemma Lewis that have been backed onto the original Rackham illustrated endpapers. All page ends are gilted in antique gold and there is a built-in satin bookmark. The book is housed in a functional cloth slipcase.
Book Details: The true first edition of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with illustrations by Arthur Rackham was published by William Heinemann, London in 1907 with a limitation of 1130 copies. This is the first trade edition released by the same publisher in the same year as the limited edition.
Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) wrote the nonsensical story Alice's Adventures Under Ground under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll for Alice Liddell, who was a frequent subject of Dodgson's revolutionary portrait photography. The text was first published in a suppressed edition by Macmillan in London in 1865 and then by D. Appleton in New York in 1866 as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This 1907 edition contains the original text and features the critically acclaimed illustrations of Arthur Rackham. There is a frontispiece and 12 full page color illustrations with protective captioned tissue guards as well as numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text.
The book measures approximately 8.25” x 6.25” with 162 pages as well as a page containing publisher information and a page of advertisements.
About the Binder: Richard Tong is an award winning binder based in Shropshire, England who was trained by master bookbinder Brian Settle and currently does work for Ludlow Bookbinders as well as his own company Lyra’s Books. In 2017, he won the prestigious Elizabeth Soutar Award for his binding of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The book is now a part of the permanent collection of The National Library of Scotland.
Condition Report: The binding and slipcase are in FINE condition with a small thin scratch to the top gold gilted page ends. Internally, the book is generally clean with some minor foxing and a small tear to the bottom edge of one of the tissue guards. Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece that is housed in a unique full leather custom binding.
Photographs of the binding, slipcase, endpapers, as well as several stock illustrations from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.