A Is for Alice

George A. Walker

© 2009

Twenty-six magical images gleaned from almost two hundred wood engravings made by George A. Walker for extremely rare editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) published by Cheshire Cat Press in 1988 and 1998, respectively.

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  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill
  • Page Count: 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.3in x 8.8in
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  • PUBLISHED DEC 2009
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    ISBN 9780889843233

Quick Overview

Nineteen year old George A. Walker was a first year student at the Ontario College of Art when he met O C A printmaking instructor Bill Poole in 1980. For some time Bill had it in mind that he wanted to make a hand-printed edition of the `Alice' books. After a few months' acquaintance with his student's work ethic and unique image vocabulary, Poole decided that George would be the perfect artist to illustrate them! Bill somehow managed to convince young George of the grandeur of his vision. Then all that was required was for George to teach himself how to engrave on wood as that was the traditional way to print images alongside hand-set text. The project evolved into a ten-year collaboration between Joe Brabant (a member of the Lewis Carroll Society), Bill Poole, and George Walker, the goal of which was to publish the first Canadian edition of Alice in Wonderland, with Joe acting as editor, George as engraver, and Bill as typesetter and printer. On completion of the the first volume, the three then started in on Through the Looking Glass, which took an additional ten years to complete!

George's Alice prints are mad and wonderful, everything so carefully rendered, tiny and complex and maybe slightly askew. And bear in mind that relief printing requires the images to to be carved backwards on the block to come out the right way after printing! George often likes to quote the Cheshire Cat who allows as to how `We're all mad here!'

A Is for Alice

George A. Walker

© 2009

Twenty-six magical images gleaned from almost two hundred wood engravings made by George A. Walker for extremely rare editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) published by Cheshire Cat Press in 1988 and 1998, respectively.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill
  • Page Count: 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.3in x 8.8in

` ``What is the use of a book,'' thought Alice, `without pictures or conversations?''

`Here is the book that Alice herself would have loved, with wonderfully whimsical illustrations by one of Canada's greatest woodcut artists, George Walker.

`George became well known for his depictions of Lewis Carroll's characters from his previously illustrated Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. George has beautifully brought to life his own unique versions of the incredible creatures who inhabit Alice's worlds.

`Combining technical mastery with insight and wit, George has re-created a much loved classic in an old world style. This book will be an essential and cherished possession for every Carrollian collector and lover of children's literature.'


Andy Malcolm

George A. Walker (Canadian, b. 1960) is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist, teacher, author, and illustrator who has been creating artwork and books and publishing at his private press since 1984. Walker's popular courses in book arts and printmaking at the OCAD University in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor, have been running continuously since 1985. For over twenty years Walker has exhibited his wood engravings and limited edition books internationally, often in conjunction

A is for Alice

B is for Bat

C is for Caterpillar

D is for Doremouse

E is for EAT ME

F is for Flamingo

G is for GRIN (Cheshire Cat)

H is for Hall of Doors

I is for Duchess In Jail

J is for JAWS (crocodile)

K is for Knitting

L is for lobsters

M is Mad Hatter

N is for neck

O is for oversized Alice

P is for Pig

Q is for Queen of Hearts

R is for Rabbit Hole

S is for swimming in the pool of tears

T is the Mad Tea-party

U is Jack Under Arrest

V is very small Alice

W White Rabbit's watch

X is for aXe

Y is for baby Yelling

Z is for Gryphon who's asleep