Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982-1983. First printing. Hardcover. Folio (14 x 9"). 146, pp; XXIII, , 167, pp. Original half cloth over paper covered boards, with purple and blue lettering to spines. Top edges colored. Decorative endpapers. Illustrated half-titles and title pages. Books housed in their original illustrated paper covered slipcase.
First trade Pennyroyal edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There," entirely designed and illustrated by Barry Moser.
- In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1982), the "calculated pandemonium" of the splendidly irrational kingdom of Wonderland is what Barry Moser set out to capture in illustrating the Lewis Carroll classic. In his seventy-five wood engravings, Moser depicts with consummate invention, wit, and skill the quite exceptional inhabitants and sights of Wonderland-the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat's grin-as reviewed through Alice's eyes. The result is startlingly original.
- In ''Through the Looking-Glass'' (1983), as in its predecessor, Barry Moser's woodcuts look through Alice's eyes; we see only what she saw. (One exception is the Jabberwock which Alice only heard about; here the beast is the frontispiece.) This is truly a looking-glass world; where Alice saw things backward or as mirror images, so do we. A few characters resemble some in ''Alice's Adventures'' (Mr. Moser used some people he knows as models for both books) and a few resemble historical figures; the White Knight is Lewis Carroll himself, and if you look closely at Humpty Dumpty, you will see former President Richard Nixon. The book includes a beautiful guide to the chess game underlying the story of ''Through the Looking-Glass'' and, as an appendix, the ''Wasp in a Wig'' episode which was cut by Carroll from his original and only rediscovered in manuscript in the 1970's.
Sporadic foxing and soiling to slipcase. Bindings slightly sunned along spine, and some rubbing to both covers of ''Through the Looking-Glass.'' Sporadic foxing along fore-edge of pages. Slipcase in overall good, bindings in good to good+, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #41744
About the artist: Barry Moser is a renowned artist, most famous as a printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1940, Moser studied at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and did post-graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Some of his most celebrated work has been his illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," each of which consisted of more than a hundred prints, and the former of which won him the American Book Award for design and illustration in 1983.