150th Anniversary Edition of “Alice in Wonderland” Features Rare 1969 Salvador Dalí Illustrations

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Advice From a Caterpillar

While glancing at Salvador Dalí’s paintings one might get the sense that they’ve tripped down their mind’s own rabbit hole, all of a sudden dropped within a barren wasteland filed with abstract objects and creatures. The pairing then, of Dalí and Alice in Wonderland writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, seem perfectly matched—two men whose minds travel far beyond the cutesy corners of an average fairytale. In the 1960s an editor at Random House realized this genius partnership, commissioning Dalí to illustrate an exclusive edition of Alice in Wonderland, of which Dalí signed every copy.

This rare edition of Alice was long coveted by rare book collectors and scholars, making only occasional appearances for study or the auction block. However, for the 150th anniversary of Lewis’ surrealist tale, this one-of-a-kind collaboration has finally been printed for the public by Princeton University Press. The deluxe edition, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, features an introduction explaining Dalí’s connection to Carroll by Lewis Carroll Society of North America President Mark Burstein, and exploration by mathematician Thomas Banchoff of the mathematics found in Dalí’s work and illustrations. (via Brain Pickings, Lost at E Minor)

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Down the Rabbit Hole

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The Pool of Tears

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The Queen’s Croquet Ground

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The Caucus Race and a Long Tale

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The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

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Pig and Pepper

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Mad Tea Party

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Alice’s Evidence

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The Mock Turtle’s Story

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The Lobster’s Quadrille

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Frontispiece for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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