Steadman's EXPLOSIVE pen and ink drawings convey the nonsensical, macabre, outrageous and wonderful craziness of the story, bringing dear Alice a newly stimulating cup of tea. Winner of the 1972 Francis Williams Book Illustrations Award!!
Collector's 1973 stated first American edition, first printing book - Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Has original $3.95 cover price. Publisher: Clarkson Potter, New York, Copyright: 1973, stated first American edition, not later printing. British edition was published in 1968, no changes were made to drawings in this first edition. ISBN 0-517-501368. Not ex-library.
Ralph Steadman's drawings remain faithful to the book's satirical tone while revealing his own passion for irony. This version of Carroll's classic tale is a startling departure from the traditional Victorian or Disney approaches.
In his introduction, Steadman describes how a fresh illustrative perspective created an original, modern vision. The story acquires new life with his audacious and dynamic illustrations, acidic whimsies splash across pages, captures the Alice in Wonderland effervescence, using its dreamworld as a mirror of our own society. It is up to the reader to make his own shapes and shades from his artistic genius.
The 47 pen-and-ink illustrations are the same as in the critically acclaimed 1968 British edition. Reformatted and meticulously restored, they convey the energy, imagination and power of Steadman's pen and introduce the wit and wisdom of Alice to a new generation of readers. The familiar cast of characters... takes on a bizarre life of its own with Steadman's superb black and white illustrations. Photos do not fully capture shades and exquisite detail; wait until you see. WOW!
Ralph Steadman has been a cartoonist since 1956, starting as a caustic observer of Britain's political and social scene. He is well known as the illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." His work appears regularly in newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone and Atlantic Monthly, and his books include" Tales of the Weird" and "Sigmund Freud."
Oversized softcover, glossy illustrated brown paper wraps with white and lavender title, illustration front wrap and white spine titles. Illustrations FINE, bright and clean. Excellent vintage condition. Binding tight. Pages fine overall/bright/clean/minimal wear. Cover is mostly very good+/bright/clean/some general shelfwear-most wear left corner crease-approx 2.4" tear.
Do not pass up this rare artistic masterpiece; Carroll's hall-of-mirrors children's tale and Steadman's 'brilliant imagination make for an eerily perfect fit. Will make a FABULOUS gift!!