Macmillan’s Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 3. The Cheshire Cat.
First and only edition. The use of John Macfarlane is the only instance of Macmillan having licensed illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by an artist other than Tenniel. In its original format, the set of six was issued joined at the head as a kind of flipchart, most likely intended for classroom display. The posters could be mounted on an easel and the illustrations displayed one at a time while the class read through the book. The complete set is now rare: OCLC locates just one set, COPAC adds another at Oxford. Many must have been split up and varnished for hanging in the schoolroom: two individual prints in that condition were offered at auction in 1997. As part of the celebrations for the first Alice’s Day in 2007, the Bodleian staged an exhibition including the earliest editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and amongst “Other highlights of the display [were] two posters from a set of 6 based on Tenniel’s designs by J. MacFarlane.”
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Sheet size: 82 60 cm Colour lithographed linen-backed wall-poster Some very light creasing and a touch of marginal spotting, otherwise fresh and clean. Presented in a black wooden frame with UV glass.