AUTHOR: DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge - Carroll, Lewis; Sir John Tenniel; Leo John De Freitas.
TITLE: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-glass: Sir John Tenniel's Illustrations; Ninety-one Prints From the Original Wood Blocks.
PUBLISHER: London: Macmillan & Co. & The Rocket Press, 1988.
DESCRIPTION: 3 vols., limited to 250 numbered sets of which this is #82, 1. 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', comprising 42 plates and an information leaflet. 2. 'Through the Looking Glass', comprising 50 plates. 3. De Freitas, Leo John: 'Tenniel s Wood-Engraved Illustrations to Alice', complete, plates housed in their original morocco backed clam shell boxes, gilt lettered black leather spine labels, all housed in the original cloth open ended slipcase.
CONDITION: LIKE NEW.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Printed from the original boxwood blocks that were used to create the electrotype plates for the first edition. These were discovered in 1985 in two deed boxes belonging to Macmillan, in the vaults of the National Westminster Bank in London's Covent Garden where they had lain undisturbed since World War Two. Macmillan then commissioned The Rocket Press to produce a limited edition of 250 prints taken directly from the blocks, the first time they had been used to create an entire edition. Previously Macmillan had treated them as masters, only taking them out of storage to cut electrotype copies for each fresh printing or occasionally to take pulls for particular individuals. Only the block for 'Alice & the Dodo' was missing and, for completeness, Jonathan Stephenson used an electrotype in its place. The Rocket Press edition was distributed worldwide and no further sets commissioned, the woodblocks were eventually deposited in the British Library for safekeeping.