Although they graced the earth decades apart, the pairing of the creative minds of Salvador Dali and Lewis Carroll seems too perfect to be true. Both surrealists in their chosen forms, Carroll and Dali were seekers of the strange. So when Random House commissioned the latter to illustrate a special edition of Alice In Wonderland back in the 60s, one would have expected magic to ensure. It did.
Taking Alice In Wonderland to a new level of surrealism, check out this special edition illustrated by Salvador Dali, made public for its 150th anniversary.
As This Is Colossal note, 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 in 2015, the collaboration was finally 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.
“This beautiful…edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland features rarely seen illustrations by Salvador Dali that illuminate the surreal yet curiously logical and mathematical realm into which Alice famously falls.”
See some of Dali’s illustrations below:
[via This Is Colossal]