Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk (Limited Edition 2016, The Folio Society)

Introduced by Vicki Traino, over a cup of tea at The Folio Society, London

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Just before Christmas, this imposing crate was delivered to The Folio Society offices on Eagle Street by a specialist fine art shipper. It had been sent from Canada by Charles van Sandwyk, and contained 500 signed etchings for this special edition of Alice in Wonderland.

For this lavish edition Charles hand created 11 wonderful new colour illustrations, all tipped in by hand within elaborate gold borders. Added to these are a multitude of pen-and-ink drawings – many incorporating his charming calligraphy – portraying the book’s memorable characters with unfailing wit and tenderness.

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‘If I think back to what Alice meant to me as a child, it was both the story and the wonderful drawings by Tenniel which inspired me to draw – and recreate – the characters for myself. Little did I know that one day my White Rabbits and Frogs in Wigs would grace the pages of such a splendid edition.’ 

Charles van Sandwyk

Alice is famous for its typographic jokes (the mouse’s tail is a source of fun for designers of every edition), and in this edition there are plenty more. The endpapers are printed letterpress with an array of freshly imagined images of the most famous scenes – the artist’s invention seems limitless.

Also featured in this edition are a series of ‘scraps’ that hark back to the Victorian pastime of collecting small cut-out pictures into albums or ‘scrapbooks’. Again lovingly created by Charles, these miniature colour illustrations can be found scattered throughout the book, carefully cut out and tipped into place.

This edition is limited to 1000 copies.

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