The Illustrated Alice Bibliography, Part 3

This page is a continuation of the illustrated bibliography of Alice in Wonderland editions – here you can enjoy looking at the most beautiful copies that were produced between 1865 when Alice was first published, up until to 1969. If you notice a sudden rash of editions starting around 1907, that was when the British copyright on the text ran out!

(Page 1 and Page 2 of the bibliography have reviews of later illustrated editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books, Page 4 has some fun Alice-inspired series spin-offs and gift ideas, while the bookshelf tour has a video of my own collection).

Most of these editions are vintage, but some of the nicest have been reprinted so you can still get a lovely copy without breaking the bank.

Mid-century (1930-1970)

Alice by Salvadore Dali

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Salvador Dalí
LE Maecenas Press, 1969 / Princeton Press reprint, 2015

In 1969, Spanish artist Salvador Dali was commissioned by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House to illustrate a special edition of the Carroll classic, consisting of 12 heliogravures — one for each chapter of the book and an original signed etching in four colors as the frontispiece. His vibrantly coloured bizarre and surrealist style emphasizes the absurdities and dream-like qualities of Wonderland. An affordable reprint was issued in 2015.

➡ Find a reprint at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ LE OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone
World Distributors, 1968

These British twin sisters are best known for their delicate and detailed artwork, and their Wonderland is consequently a bright and playful place.

❦ Check out the Grahame Johnstone twins’ illustrated bibliography for more of their delightful work.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Ralph Steadman

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Ralph Steadman
Dobson 1967, Jonathan Cape 1986, Firefly 2010

Steadman’s Alice was first published by Dobson in 1967 with his Looking-Glass published by MacGibbon & Kee in 1972. These volumes have been since reprinted a couple of times. Steadman is best known for his ink-blot style drawings. Many of the Wonderland characters in his version wear Union Jack punk sunglasses. His Alice is audacious and irreverent, and occasionally inappropriate, so it’s definitely a version for adults.

➡ Find a reprint at Book Depository

Alice by Tove Jansson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Tove Jansson
Swedish edition 1966, Delacorte Press 1977, Tate Publishing 2011

Tove is the Swedish-speaking Finiish artist best known for her Moomin world. Her fantastical Alice is a delight and was recently published in English for the first time in 2011 by London’s Tate Museum.

➡ Find a reprint at Amazon | Book Depository

Alice Through The Pillar Box Gerald King

Alice Through The Pillar-Box and what she found there, a philatelic fantasy

Gerald M King

In 1965, Gerald M. King decided that since the G.P.O. was not celebrating the centennial anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland with a commemorative stamp, he would create his own set of fantasy stamp designs. This idea grew until it evolved into a book brimming with clever references to the story and showcasing Mr. King’s clear love of philately. In it Wonderland stamps and envelopes sent through the Wonderland post to and from various characters are paired with relevant quotes from the books and various notes about the fantasy artefacts and their origins.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Pauline Baynes

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (OOP)

Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
Blackie 1960

Alice envisioned by the well known illustrator of Narnia and Middle Earth. This edition has a colour frontispiece and b&w internal illustrations.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Willy Schermele

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Willy Schermelé
Juvenile Productions, 1960

This is an abridgement of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” for very young children. Wilhelmina Schermelé was a Dutch illustrator and author of children’s books including the “Winkie” series. Her wonderland has a very classic 50s fairyland feel to it.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

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Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Mary Blair
Disney, 1950; Re-released with story by Jon Scieszca Disney 2006

A whimsical retelling of the Alice story, illustrated with concept art for the original Disney movie by Mary Blair.

➡ Find it at Amazon

Alice by Weisgard

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
Harper 1949

One of the earliest colour editions, Weisgard has illustrated this edition in gorgeous mid-century graphic style.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Adrienne Segur

Alice au pays des merveilles [French ed]

Illustrated by Adrienne Segur
Flammarion, 1949

Ségur’s images are wonderfully delightful in any setting, but they are produced in an unusually large format for this 1949 edition that is absolutely sublime. *Note this is a French language edition

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Mervyn Peake

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (OOP) and Through the Looking-Glass (OOP)

Illustrated by Mervyn Peake
Zephyr 1946, Wingate 1954, Bloomsbury 2001

Peake was born and spent his childhood in China. He is most famous for his Gormenghast series, and his illustrations for Alice are stunning black and white drawings brilliantly capture the dangerous nature of Wonderland.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy of Alice at Abes.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy of Looking Glass at Abes.

Alice by Rene Cloke

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Rene Cloke
Gawthorne 1943, Award reprint 2020

A very playful Alice drawn in classic 40’s illustration style. There have been multiple versions of this edition released and although it’s out of print at the moment, it is fairly easy to find second hand.

➡ Find a copy at Book Depository

➡ OOP 1st Ed. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Appleton

The Children’s Alice 

Adapted by F Lee, illustrated by Honor C Appleton
Harrap, 1936

This edition has been adapted for younger children, and features a colour frontispiece and B&W illustrations by Appleton.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Willy Pogany 1st ed cover

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Willy Pogany
Dutton 1929, Dover reprint 2009

Pogany was a Hungarian illustrator, heavily influenced by Asian art, and his illustrations have a distinctively 20’s feel, with Alice looking like a little flapper. Dover put out an inexpensive b&w reprint in 2009.

➡ Find a reprint at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ 1st ed OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Early editions

Alice by Hudson

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Gwynedd M Hudson
Hodder & Stoughton, 1922

Hudson was known as a poster artist, and her depiction of Alice is subdued and quite dark in tone, while the text itself features a bright red graphic design treatment.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice Songs from Alice cover

Songs from Alice

Illustrated by Charles Folkard
Black, 1921, reprinted 1978

The poems from the Alice books set to music by Lucy E Broadwood, published by Black in 1921, reprinted 1978.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Margaret Tarrant cover

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Margaret W Tarrant
Ward Lock 1916

Tarrant’s Alice is bright, sweet, wholesome, and idealized. This edition featured 48 coloured plates.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward
Bell & Sons 1913, HarperCollins 1985

Alice B Woodward was an English illustrator, known both for her children’s literature as well as for her scientific illustrations. There are 16 colour illustrations in her version, which has been reprinted a number of times.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Atwell original

Alice in Wonderland

Illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell
Raphael Tuck 1910, Macmillan 2017

Attwell is most famous for her trademark style of cuddly, chubby cheeked children and her version of Alice is very innocent and sweet. Macmillan reprinted this version in a beautiful gift edition in 2017.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

harry rountree alice cover

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Harry Rountree
Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1908

Harry Rountree was one of the best-known illustrators in London in the early 1900s. His Alice is charmingly illustrated in line and plate with 92 colour illustrations.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

robinson alice cover

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Charles Robinson
Cassell 1907, Franklin Library 1981

Robinson’s full-page illustrations are noteworthy for their swirling embellishments, and inventive page layouts with narrow vignettes cutting through the text and the margins featuring tiny figures running about. 

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice by Rackham

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
William Heinemann 1907, Easton Press facsimile 2008, Flame Tree Studio 2018

Rackham’s Alice is charming, and his images are beautiful yet also capture the mystery of the work. Many artists see his artwork for this edition as a pinnacle of Alice illustration. While Alice is portrayed realistically, the surrounding characters are more grotesque – a blend of realism and fantasy that echoes the tensions of the text.

Easton Press recently released a gorgeous facsimile edition in white leather, limited to 800 copies. But, more affordably, Flame Tree Studio has just released a nice edition featuring artwork by both John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham (b&w images only though in the Flame Tree edition).

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ Original LE OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

➡ Easton Press LE OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

Alice Little Folks Alice

The “Little Folks” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The “Little Folks” Through the Looking-Glass

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Macmillan 1907, Macmillan facsimile 2015

The ‘Little Folks’ edition is a charming miniature edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale which was specially abridged for younger readers. I am typically not a huge fan of abridged texts, but this version was actually done by the author himself. Both volumes feature more than 30 brightly coloured illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, featuring Alice in a red dress. With luxurious red Wibalin binding and gold sprayed edges.

➡ Find Alice at Amazon | Book Depository

➡ Find Looking Glass at Amazon | Book Depository

Alice by Newell

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by Peter Newell
Harper & Brothers, 1901

Newell was an American artist and writer, who was also known for his humorous drawings and poems from the 1880s and 90s. His soft humorous pencil drawings were much friendlier than Tenniel’s edgy pen and ink. The text in this edition was placed in elegant decorative borders drawn by Robert Mary Wright.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Illustrated by Blanche McManus
M. F. Mansfield & A. Wessels, 1899

Blanche was an American writer and artist, famed for her delicate watercolours and sinuous lines. This was the first illustrated edition to compete with Tenniel, published after the author’s death. It featured eleven full-page plates printed in black and white with green and red accents drawn in a very different, flatter style.

➡ Find a copy at Abes

Alice The Nursery Alice

The Nursery Alice

Illustrated by John Tenniel & Emily Gertrude ThomsonMacmillan 1890, Macmillan facsimile 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.

➡ Find a copy at Amazon | Book Depository

tenniel alice 1st ed cover

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrated by John Tenniel
Appleton/Macmillan 1866 (US)

An original printing of Alice was undertaken by the Clarendon Press in Oxford in early 1865 and famously recalled because John Tenniel considered the printing unsatisfactory. In April 1866 Dodgson (having consulted Tenniel) authorised Macmillan to sell 1000 sets of the recalled 1865 sheets to the New York publisher, D. Appleton with a new title page printed at the Clarendon Press and bound in London. Thus, although distributed in America, the Appleton edition actually represents the earliest practically obtainable issue of the original printing of Alice in Wonderland.

➡ OOP. Look for a copy at Abes.

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Alice’s Adventures Underground

Illustrated by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)
Pavilion Books 1985, Folio Society/British Library LE 2010

Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) presented a hand-written copy of the story he wrote for Alice Liddell to her for Christmas in 1864.

Several facsimiles of the book area available – the most luxurious is the leather-bound Folio Society/British Library limited edition, which is accompanied by a companion booklet by Sally Brown.

➡ OOP. Find a copy at Abes