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LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis.

Alice in Wonderland.

Illustrated with Six Coloured Lithographs by Marie Laurencin.

Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930 Stock Code: 136578
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"The French Alice she produced was a considerable shock to those brought up on Tenniel"

First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).

"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never before illustrated a book, and the French Alice she produced was a considerable shock to those brought up on Tenniel" (Tebbel, p. 625). The Dartmouth College Library blog remarks that "this 1930 rendering of Alice is considered to be among the finest productions of Harry and Caresse Crosby's Black Sun Press" ("Not Your Usual Alice", retrieved 27 November 2019).

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Landscape quarto. Original printed wrappers, titles in red and black to spine and front cover, fore and lower edges untrimmed. In the original glassine but without the slipcase.


Frontispiece and 5 colour lithographs by Marie Laurencin (with tissue guards); title printed in red and black.


Light toning and foxing to wrappers, a touch rubbed. A near-fine copy in the very good glassine, a little toned, small losses to corners.


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