London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1908. Item #04739
Harry Rountree's "Pièce de Résistance"
ROUNTREE, Harry, illustrator. CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With Ninety-Two Coloured Illustrations by Harry Rountree. London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, .
First edition with the Harry Rountree illustrations. Printed on heavy stock coated paper.
Small quarto (9 x 7 inches; 230 x 178 mm.). [1-9], 10-246, [247-8] pp. Ninety-two color illustrations of which fourteen are full-page.
Publisher's green cloth over beveled boards, front cover pictorially decorated in multi-colors, spine pictorially decorated and lettered in gilt and white, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. Front free endpaper replaced with exact facsimile, small area of surface loss (5/8 x 3/16 inch) on blank lower margin of page 87, a few light ink spots on fore-edge. Minimal rubbing to spine extremities and corners. An excellent copy of this very rare edition.
Harry Rountree (1878-1950) was a prolific illustrator working in England around the turn of the twentieth century.
He came to London in 1901 from New Zealand, when he was 23 years old. Determined to make his mark on the then-flourishing magazine and book market, he struggled, studied and sold the occasional drawing. However, when the editor of Little Folks magazine gave him a commission to illustrate a story with an animal, he found his feet and suddenly he became quite successful. By 1903 he was illustrating books for the editor of Little Folks, writing and illustrating his own books, and in demand by nearly every publisher in London. With a penchant for animals, he began illustrating books that would become children’s classics, including Uncle Remus (1906) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1908); the latter, including ninety-two color illustrations, is considered his pièce de résistance and the defining version of the famous book. It was Rountree’s work on the Lewis Carroll classic that arguably solidified his reputation as an accomplished author of children’s books. He was one of the subjects in Percy V. Bradshaws' The Art of the Illustrator, twenty-part series, published in 1918, where six stages of the creation of an illustration were published along with notes and biography. He is also noted for his illustrations of British Golf Courses & golfing caricatures.