Collecting Alice

There are hundreds and hundreds of different illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Including them all in this list would be a daunting task, and to my mind maybe not so useful, as some are much more beautiful than others. The illustrated bibliography below therefore includes only those editions that really stand out in some special way.

 It is mainly focused on English language editions, but there are also a few foreign language editions because they are just too stunning to leave out. If you’d like to see inside the books, I also have a great youtube video that gives you an in-depth ‘illustrated tour’ of many of the Alice books on my own bookshelf, and there’s also a blog post with a little bit of the book’s history(Page 2 and Page 3 of this collection have reviews of earlier illustrated editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books – most of which are now out of print – while Page 4 has some fun gifts and the best of the Alice spin-off series).

I’ve included plenty of illustrations to give you a feel for the books, and if you click on the thumbnail images in the gallery you can embiggen them to see more detail. I keep this page regularly updated, so feel free to bookmark it and come back and browse to see what new editions make it on as time goes by…

Also, I’d genuinely love to know which edition is your favourite (or, if you’re like me, which long list of editions are your favourites, because it’s too hard to narrow down to just one), so do please share in the comments! And also if you think there is an amazing edition that should be included in the list, definitely do suggest it  

The Very Big Illustrated List of the Best, the Prettiest and the Most Interesting Alice Books...

Contemporary Editions

Once Upon a Story: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
Silver Dolphin, 2021

A brightly illustrated edition with cloth cover, foil and ribbon bookmark.

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Illustrated by Floor Rieder
Pushkin 2020

A beautiful clothbound tete-beche ‘flip book’ which contains the texts of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Floor Rieder’s gorgeous boldly coloured drawings are a joyous topsy-turvy imagining of Wonderland. (Note the images below are from the original Dutch edition.)

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Pan Macmillan, 2020

A beautiful full-colour gift edition with foiled jacket and ribbon bookmark. (Images below from Chris Riddell’s instagram)

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Kate Bailey, Simon Sladen and Kristjana S Williams
Victoria & Albert Museum, 2020

Explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance, and as well as classic art it also includes specially commissioned interactive illustrations.

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Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure

Aleksandra Artymowska
Templar, 2020

A delightful set of Alice-inspired mazes, packed with references to the story.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll
Chiltern Publishing, 2020

❦ Part of the collectible Chiltern Classics series

A psychedelic cover for this edition, which fits nicely in one hand, and features a textured cover, gilt edges, high quality paper and a sewn binding.

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The Wonderland Collection (Seasons Edition: Summer)

Lewis Carroll
Thomas Nelson, 2020

❦ Part of the collectible Seasons Editions series

A lovely edition with a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping and collectible bookmark. Individually numbered and limited to 10,000 copies. Includes Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and A Tangled Tale.

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Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk
Folio Society, 2019

❦ Also check out my Charles van Sandwyk collector’s guide

The ‘standard’ edition of Folio’s earlier limited edition with ever-delightful van Sandwyk illustrations and new endpaper maps. It is a smaller format than the original LE, and features a new cover design, slipcase and additional watercolour illustrations.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

Illustrated by MinaLima (Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima)
HarperDesign, 2019

❦ Part of the wonderful MinaLima interactive children’s classics series…

❦ Bonus: Read/watch an in-depth review of this edition here…

Alice as illustrated by the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise. Delightful interactive features include: Alice with extendable legs and arms; the rabbit’s house which opens to reveal a giant Alice; the Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat’s grin; a flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog; and a removable map of the Looking Glass world.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Júlia Sardà
Pan Macmillan, 2019

An elegant unabridged edition of Alice, with gold embossing on the cover and over 30 full colour illustrationsA nice companion volume to this edition is One Day in Wonderland, a non-fiction exploration of Lewis Carroll’s life and wordplay by the same illustrator.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories (B&N Leatherbound Classics)

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Barnes & Noble, 2018

Bound in blue bonded leather, this edition features all of Carroll’s best-known works, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass with the classic illustrations of John Tenniel. This compilation also features Carroll’s novels Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, his masterpiece of nonsense verse “The Hunting of the Snark,” and miscellaneous poems, short stories, puzzles, and acrostics.

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Alice in Wonderland

Introduced by Michael Irwin
Wordsworth Classics, 2018

❦ Part of the sweet and affordable Wordsworth Collector’s Classics series…

A simple edition (glued binding) that comes with an introduction and notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll

Gillian Beer
University of Chicago Press, 2019

This book examines the contexts within which the Alice books were created in the 1860s, a moment of intense intellectual upheaval, as new scientific, linguistic, educational, and mathematical ideas flourished. It aims to bring back the zest to jokes lost over time and poignancy in hidden references.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Charles Santore
Sterling, 2017

A lushly illustrated edition that comes complete with three large gatefolds, a poster, and a keepsake envelope.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Folio Society Limited Edition)

Illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk
Folio Society, 2016

❦ Part of the Folio Society limited edition collection of cherished tales….

❦ Also check out my Charles van Sandwyk collector’s guide

This edition won the Book of the Year Award in 2016. It features a signed, limited tipped-in etching, 11 tipped in colour plates and 9 ‘paper scraps’ (small tipped in illustrations, printed on art paper and individually placed in the book). Other illustrations include hand-drawn initials, and 50 embedded line-drawings printed in black and gold ink. A limited edition of 1,000 copies. Stunning, but now OOP.

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Alice’s Puzzles Through the Looking-Glass

Jason Ward
Carlton Books, 2016

A selection of puzzles and vexing riddles, all related to the characters, language and locations uncovered in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Makes use of the classic Tenniel illustrations.

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Lewis Carrol’s Alice Through The Looking-Glass 

Adapted by Kay Woodward, illustrated by Patricia Moffett
Carlton Books, 2016

This is a children’s novelty edition with flaps and other paper engineering. A delicate balance between cute and slightly creepy. OOP.

➡ Find it at Amazon | Abes

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by David Delamare
Wendy Ice, 2016

A limited 150th anniversary edition. Bound in cloth with a circular paper circular illustration of Alice pressed onto the front cover. 96 color illustrations, 34 of which are based on traditional oil paintings. The layout features at least one illustration on every page spread of the story, with page breaks designed to facilitate reading aloud. OOP. (Image reproduction not permitted, visit the author’s site to view.)

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Disney Alice in Wonderland: Special Collector’s Manga

Adapted and illustrated by Jun Abe
TokyoPop, 2016

Tim Burton’s vision of Alice in manga style – limited hardcover release. Alice Kingsleigh was a young girl when she visited the magical world of Underland for the first time. Now a teenager, she spots a white rabbit at a garden party and tumbles down a hole after him where she learns it is her destiny to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

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The Complete Alice

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Macmillan, 2015

If you are after a copy of Alice with Tenniel’s iconic illustrations, I highly recommend The Complete Alice, including both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, is really the ultimate edition of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic, from the original publisher, Macmillan. If you only want one classic edition of Alice in Wonderland, then this is the one I think you should get.

Packed full of amazing exclusive extra features from the Macmillan archive and a foreword by Philip Pullman, The Complete Alice also has a glorious die-cut cover with intricate embossed two foil detail, head and tail bands, red foiled edges and a ribbon marker – a gift edition to treasure.

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The Annotated Alice

Edited by Martin Gardner
Macmillan, 2015

A comprehensive collection of Carrollian scholarship, this volume compiles over half a century of works by leading Carrollian experts to reveal the history and full depth of the Alice books and their enigmatic creator. In includes Martin Gardner’s legendary original 1960 publication, The Annotated Alice; his follow-ups, More Annotated Alice and the Definitive Edition; his continuing explication through the Knight Letter magazine; and additions and updates edited by Mark Burstein, president emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. 

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The Nursery Alice (facsimile edition)

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Macmillan, 2015

The Nursery Alice, originally published by Macmillan & Co. in 1890, was the very first colour edition of Alice. With a new, younger readership in mind, Carroll rewrote Alice, simplifying and abridging the original text, while Tenniel redrew, enlarged and coloured twenty of his iconic illustrations (with Alice here in a yellow dress), along with the delightful cover artwork by Emily Gertrude Thomson.

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Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland

Jonathan Green, illustrated by Kev Crossley
Snowbooks, 2015

A choose-your-own adventure style book. Alice finds herself back in Wonderland and called upon to save the world of playing cards and talking animals from the increasingly deranged Queen of Hearts. But all is not as it first appears in the fluctuating dream world and soon Alice is battling to save herself from the nightmare that is rapidly overtaking the realm. A hardback limited edition of 80 copies was also released of this volume, along with various coloring-in books featuring the somewhat gruesome artwork.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Panorama Pops

Adapted and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
Walker Books, 2015

A small edition presented in a charming slipcase, the book unfolds to reveal ten classic moments in the story, from Alice falling down the rabbit-hole to the Mad-Hatter’s tea party. Published in association with the Royal Mail with a matching set of stamps.

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Alice in Wonderland: Classics Reimagined

Illustrated by Andrea d’Aquino
Rockport, 2015

❦ Part of the fabulous Rockport Reimagined Classics series

Gorgeous watercolour illustrations and clever additions like text printed on the page block on the first edition hardbacks. 

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Alice in Wonderland Sesquicentennial Edition

Afterthought by Brian Sibley
Inky Parrot Press & Artist’s Choice Editions, 2015

Limited edition, with 240 standard copies and 56 ‘special copies’ presented in a solander box with a suite of four signed prints. Includes sophisticated colour illustrations by a remarkable array of artists from around the world, including Mini Grey; Ian Beck; Robi Dwi antono; Valery Kosachev; Janet Woolley; Anne Vansweevelt; Jonny Hannah; and others. 

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Anna Bond
Penguin, 2015

Alice realised in Anna Bond’s signature, whimsical style illustrations in full colour. (Anna is from the Rifle Paper stationery company). Fun hidden cover under the dust jacket.

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Alice au pays des merveilles and Alice de L’Autre Cote Du Miroir [French]

Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe
Cernunnos, 2015

Lacombe’s absolutely magical baroque fantasy Wonderland is a world full of satirical references. The fantastic illustrations use gouache, oils and watercolours to create a graphic and surrealistic landscape. The book is available in French and German, and an English version has been promised for many years.

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Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer
Hachette, 2015

Gorgeous oversized volume, with French artist Rebecca Dautremer’s dreamlike illustrations.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (B&N Flexibound)

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Barnes & Noble, 2015

An affordable bright pink flexibound edition with decorative endpapers, ribbon bookmark and classic Tenniel illustrations.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Usborne Illustrated Originals)

Illustrated by Fran Parreno
Usborne, 2014

Some charming illustrations of Alice, part of the Usborne Illustrated originals series of children’s classics.

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Alice in Comicland

Harvey Kurtzman et al
IDW Publishing, 2014

Some of the greatest comic book artists ever to put pen to paper tumble down the rabbit hole for their own unique look at Lewis Carroll’s famous creation. OOP.

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Illustrated by Kriss Sisson
Seven Seas, 2014

An omnibus edition of both volumes with cute manga-influenced illustrations.

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Alice in Wonderland

Adapted and illustrated by Rod Espinosa
Dark Horse Books, 2013

A comic adaptation that is aimed at children – although faithful to the story, much of the text has been cut. OOP.

➡ Find it at Abes

Illustrating Alice

By Maina Viazey et al
Artist’s Choice Edition, 2013

A celebration of the many illustrators who have taken up the Alice challenge. Includes essays on Wonderland, Looking-Glass & Alice in different countries, as well as a checklist of around 300 English illustrated editions and artists of non-English language Editions, including 80 from Japan. Contemporary versions are discussed by critics and illustrators from nine countries including Brazil, China, England, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, USA & Canada. A fascinating collection. 500 copies produced of the limited and standard editions. OOP.

➡ Find it at Abes

Alice in Wonderland (Canterbury Leatherbound Classics)

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Canterbury Classics, 2015

An inexpensive green bonded leatherbound edition with the classic Tenniel illustrations. Part of the Canterbury Classics series.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Maggie Taylor
Jerry N Uelsmann, 2012

Taylor fuses European iconography, victorian portraiture and early photography with surrealism, digital technology and contemporary American art to create interesting photographic illustrations of Alice. Each of Taylor’s Alice’s is a different Victorian Alice, reimagining her as “every girl”. OOP.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev
Simply Read, 2012

Iassen’s Wonderland is a gorgeous Escher-like landscape/ The book is stunning, with an adorable “read me” bookmark. The twist is that every illustration is actually part of a single painting that you can see in its entirety under the dust jacket. A fantastic edition.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama
Penguin, 2012

Since childhood, Kusama has had a rare condition that makes her see colorful spots on everything she looks at. Her vision, both literally and creatively, is thus naturally surreal, almost hallucinogenic.

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Adapted and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
HarperCollins, 2011

Abridged text and sweet illustrations makes this a sweet picture book for children, with a bright cover and bright but gentle watercolours inside.

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Alice in Wonderland Through the Visual Arts

Edited by Gavin Delahunty
Tate Publishing, 2011

Examines a wide range of artworks inspired by the Alice stories, including Lewis Carroll’s original illustrations, Tenniel’s iconic characterisations, Victorian games based on Alice, surrealist paintings, sculpture, artist’s books, film, psychedelia, comics, photography and installations.

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2 Comments

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Christy · 4 November 2020 at 2:00 am

Just want to say thank you for compiling this amazing Alice list! I’m also a fan of your mid-year and holiday posts and videos. Thank you from a novice book collector 🙂

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    Daisy · 4 November 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words! (I really do love Alice books 💕). I’m working on my end of year review right now, so I hope you enjoy that one too as it should be out soon 😃

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