London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1927-1928. Tenniel, John. Leather bound. Two volumes, in Riviere bindings, sixmo size, 448 pp. total, in slipcase. Near fine. Item #20082965
Charles Lutwidge Dogson (1832-1898), known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, is known worldwide as the writer who created the renowned children's novels "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass"; his work is filled with delightful and absurd fantasy and word play.
While other illustrators have more than admirably worked on "Alice", the Tenniel illustrations will forever remain indelibly imprinted in the minds of many. Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) trained for a career as an artist and found fame in 1848 with his edition of "Aesop's Fables". He was hired by "Punch" and would provide them with over 2,000 cartoons during his half-century with the magazine. His work "represented not only the essence of Victorian 'Punch', but of Victorian society, imperial, dignified and Olympian...Tenniel was a fine illustrator of fantasy and his greatest opportunity for really humorous drawing came with his work for Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'...a singular example of painstaking professionalism for both artist and author" (n.b., Simon Houfe, "The Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators" p. 325).
This two-volume set in matching bindings by Riviere, "Alice" with the White Rabbit in gilt on both boards and "Looking-Glass" with the Queen of Hearts. The Tenniel illustrations are wonderfully reproduced, clear and crisp.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound by Riviere in full green leather over boards, the gilt vignettes set forth above on both boards of each volume, the spines richly decorated in gilt, brown leather spine labels with gilt lettering, all edges gilt, richly decorated leather turn-ins, marbled endpapers in shades of green and rust, the Riviere binding stamp on the verso of the front free endpapers in both volumes, "Alice" published in 1928 and with forty-two illustrations (per the title page), "Looking-Glass" published in 1927 and with fifty illustrations (per the title page); sixteenmo size (6 3/16" by 4 3/16"), pagination: "Alice", [i-x]  2-200 [1, "Christmas Greetings", [1, printer's statement]; "Looking-Glass", [i-ii] iii-xi [1, blank] 2-224. In a slipcase covered with marbled paper matching the endpapers.
___CONDITION: Volumes both near fine and could likely be deemed fine, the leather clean, smooth and supple, the spine labels smooth and unrubbed and the gilt lettering bright, the gilt vignettes bright and unrubbed, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and both volumes entirely free of prior owner markings; the green on the spines has mellowed to a light brown (as almost always happens), a hint of rubbing to the tail of the spines, and a vintage bookseller price in pencil on the flyleaf of both volumes. Note that we had a professional (name available upon request) lightly touch up the joints, the work invisible. The slipcase very good, strong and sturdy with no split seams; the marbled paper has rubbed away in several places, overall clean with some light dustiness.
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