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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wisehouse Classics - Original 1865 Edition with the Complete Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel) Paperback – January 31, 2016
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"Carroll wrote with a peppery briskness, impatient of folly, and always alive to the squalls of emotion that we struggle to curb" - Anthony Lale, The New Yorker
"Even after 150 years, Lewis Carroll's engaging Alice continues to go down the rabbit hole. And she keeps coming back, a revenant from the golden afternoon of Victorian England, but a girl who can still surprise us by assuming new and different forms." - Willard Spiegelman, The Wall Street Journal
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Furthermore, considering it contains both books, plus the excellent Hunting of the Snark, it is a fantastic price.
However, there are still some glaring mistakes, such as some formatting bugs in a few of the poems and spelling errors in places (such as at the start of Looking Glass, where some of the Ls are replaced with 1s - I guess a scanner did the 'writing here').
5 stars for the great price and superior formatting over the other options. -1 star for the glaring lack of proof reading from the publisher.
Dali's art is not everything what this edition has to offer. There are two pieces of introduction which I found very interesting. First one is written by Mark Burstain explaining why the surrealists were so interested in Carroll book and the second one of Thomas Banchoff who actually met with Dali many times and provided us with some of stories about the genius. Both of them helped me better understand the madness of Dali, or as Carroll and the surrealists preferred to address: the wisdom.
This book is part of a line of "premium" editions of classic literature published by Barnes & Noble. It has a fancy cover, gilt edging to the pages, and a ribbon bookmark, but typically sells for about what you'd expect to pay for an edition in trade paperback format. The way they're able to accomplish this is by cutting corners on manufacturing quality. The book I received, for example, had some unevenness in the page trim (not enough to be too unsightly, but it was noticeable). But don't be too put off by that statement... when you're paying 1/5 of the price that most sellers of premium editions would charge (I'm thinking of Easton Press, as an example), you have to expect some short cuts.
The cover art is very appealing and makes the book stand out from others on the shelf, both for the pink color and the whimsical artwork. Since most people buy premium editions in order to have them look good on the shelf, this is an important feature, and in my opinion this edition succeeds admirably in that department. The interior art consists of classic Alice illustrations that are typically about 1/3 of a page in size. The art is crisp and clear (no blurry lines). The page layout and typesetting is standard hardcover book quality, as you'd expect. The most noticeable deficit is in the evenness of the page gilding, some of which stems from the previously mentioned uneven page cuts. Again, I emphasize that that this doesn't really detract from the overall appearance of the book... it's just something that you notice if you inspect the edge.
I can't say how durable this book will be in the long run; I expect it will be comparable to most hardcover books. If you want to buy a nice copy of Lewis Carroll's works, perhaps to read to your children and then pass down to them when they have children of their own, I don't think this would be a bad choice.
I loved it as a kid and I still love it now, even though I still don't connect to all those malaprop'ed British nursery rhymes in the text.