Books and their illustrators from my childhood number 3

Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

I doubt that I had this version, but Alice has always been essential reading in our family. I am starting to get a small collection of illustrated Alices, so when I was out today  and came across The Complete Alice and The Hunting of the Snark I had to grab itThis hardback was published in 1986 by Jonathan Cape. Ralph Steadman’s version of Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1967 – so it qualifies for ‘around during my childhood’.

The mouse’s tale after the caucus race.

The Caucus-raceRalph Steadman's illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

The Caucus-race
Ralph Steadman’s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

The  Hatter and the March Hare are introduced. I adore this illustration. Note the Hatter’s glasses and headphones and Alice’s mid-century chair.

A Mad Tea-PartyRalph Steadman's illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

A Mad Tea-Party
Ralph Steadman’s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

The trial – so much to look at here. And the Rabbit is dressed as a city gent in this version, with bowler hat (holes cut for ears) and tightly furled umbrella.

The trialRalph Steadman's illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

The trial
Ralph Steadman’s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Published 1967 Dobson Books Ltd.

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