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History of the Cheshire Cat Press

From 1981 to 1998 Joseph Brabant, Bill Poole and George A. Walker worked on publishing two new editions of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The Cheshire Cat Press sought to publish the first hand printed Canadian editions with original art. Walker created over 190 wood engravings for the two volumes which were printed with handset type in limited editions of 177 copies. In 1998 Joe Brabant’s health had deteriorated to the point where he could not complete the project. He chose Andy Malcolm to write the introduction to The Cheshire Cat Press limited edition of Through the Looking-Glass, making him the fourth member of the press. In 2015 George and Andy revived the Cheshire Cat Press. The first project they printed was the 1907 illustrations by Harry Furniss for Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland in a limited edition folio. They have gone on to publish many more limited edition books based on the writings of Lewis Carroll.

A woodblock image of dancing cards from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. They each have hats and curly hair, and are holding hands. Some of them have swords, as they are part of the Queen's court.

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