1907 Rare Book - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Illustrated by Bessie Pease Gutmann

$140 USD

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Author : CARROLL, Lewis (Bessie Pease Gutmann, illustrator)
Title : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Publisher :New York, Dodge Publishing Company, 1907. First edition.
Language : Text in English
Size : 8 " X 6 "
Pages : 164 pages
Binding : Very good original decorated cloth binding (overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover. 
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, endpaper inner hinges slightly worn but still very tight). 
Illustrations : Complete with all illustrations by Bessie Pease Gutmann.

Estimate : (USD 150 - USD 225)

The book : Rare and attractive illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) -- an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

The illustrator : Bessie Pease Gutmann (April 8, 1876 – September 29, 1960) was an American artist and illustrator, initially as Bessie Collins Pease, most noted for her paintings of putti, infants, and young children. During the early 1900s she was one of the better-known magazine and book illustrators in the United States. Her artwork was featured on 22 magazine covers such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's between 1906 and 1920. She also illustrated popular children's books including a notable 1907 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although the commercial popularity of Gutmann's art declined during World War II, there was renewed interest in her illustrations from collectors by the late 20th century.

The author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem "Jabberwocky", and the poem The Hunting of the Snark – all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy. There are societies in many parts of the world dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life.

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