London: William Heinemann, Ltd., (1972). Color plates, black and white illustrations in text. Half leather. Octavo. 162 pages. Very good. Half leather over boards with blue cloth sides, five raised bands on spine, boards ruled in gilt, spine titled in gilt, top edge of textblock gilt, marbled endpapers. There is some fading to the leather on spine, otherwise all bright, sturdy, and sound.
A particularly handsome copy of Alice featuring the groundbreaking 1907 illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Rackham's work on Alice was controversial at the time. Purists felt that none but the original drawings by Sir John Tenniel should illustrate what had by then become an acknowledged classic. However, there were many others who recognized the genius in Rackham's visual reinterpretation the story and its darker edge. Rackham would go on to become one of the most celebrated illustrators of the Edwardian era, and his 1907 Alice opened the door for editions illustrated by many other artists over the next century, from Salvador Dalí to Yayoi Kusama.
There are 13 color plates and numerous other black and white illustrations within the text. Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.