London and Melbourne: Ward, Lock and Co., Limited, n.d. . First thus. Octavo (215 x 155mm). (xvi), 19-332pp. Endpapers, frontispiece plus 43 coloured plates as called for illustrated by Margaret W. Tarrant. Recent binding by Karen McGuire; gilt decoration including heart, club and rose detailing in homage to the subject of the book; black calf with gilt decorated covers; red morocco with gilt spine; internal edge gilt borders with heart detailing. Gilt to top edge of text block.
A handsome hand binding free from defects; edges of text block clean; endpapers lightly marked and scuffed with dog ear to back endpaper; colour from endpapers has very lightly bled through to first free endpapers; light foxing throughout; crease to contents page, neatly restored; 2mm mark on pages 139 & 140 and again on page 145 & 146; minor printing defect on page 280 as page number and title both have faint shadows; very minor marks to white border of plate on page 283; minor crease on pages 295 & 296; minor marks to blank page 321. Item #836
Since the initial publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, over 70 illustrators have provided artwork for the Alice Books (which includes the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, published in 1871). Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888 - 1959) was an English children’s author and illustrator whose work helped to popularize the depiction of fairies in the early 1920s. After training at Heatherley’s School of Art and Guildford School of Art, Tarrant went on to illustrate such well known titles as Charles Kingsley’s Water Babies, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Stories, Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes and of course, this edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is a first edition, later printing of Tarrant's Alice. Despite advertising 48 coloured plates, this edition only ever had 44 (including the frontipiece). It may be that the publishers counted the four illustrated endpapers. (Lovett, 244a).