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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (The Pennyroyal Edition)

Lewis Carroll; Illustrated by Barry Moser

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ISBN 10: 0520048156 / ISBN 13: 9780520048157
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 1982
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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146 pp., many B&W illustrations. Some foxing to the edges, a bit of discoloration to the edge of the boards. A one half inch tear to the back of the dustjacket, top left-hand side. Dustjacket has been price clipped. Dustjacket is protected with a mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 006421

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Title: Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in ...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley CA

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Printing.

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Collectible!"Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland;"Lewis Carroll(Author), Barry Moser(Illustrator); Univ of Calif(1982);1st ed/1st prt; HB,VGG; Not ex-lib, NOT remainder; HB-Red cl w/purple boards, binding tight, top edge faintly sunned; DJ-b/w wrap around design, unclipped, corner fold on rear flap, slight sunning/edgewear on inside top edge, Mylar wrap; 146pps txt, no interior marks; Oversize book /extra shipping charges will apply; A beautiful reproduction of the original Pennyroyal Press edition; Artist, engraver, bookman Barry Moser has illustrated/designed over 300 titles including "Moby Dick," "The Divine Comedy of Dante,"& "His Jump Again!"; Moser's "Alice" engravings won the American Book(1983) award for design/illustration prompting the poet John Ashbery to write that Moser's work is "never less than dazzling"

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Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new." There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser," seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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