- London: Macmillan Publishers, 1988.
- small 4to
- two original morocco-backed cloth drop-back boxes, gilt labels on spines, together in cloth slip-case with the commentary volume: original cloth with gilt-stamped calf label to upper cover, cloth slipcase
Price: $13,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 136242
One of 250 sets, of which this is number 114. A fine set of the tour de force of Jonathan Stephenson's The Rocket Press. Ninety-one wood-engraved plates printed from the original wood-blocks engraved by the Dalziel Brothers and 1 electrotype plate after Tenniel. Each plate is loosely inserted into their own respected folder as issued with text describing the plate.
Printed from the original boxwood blocks that were used to create the electrotype plates for the first edition. These were discovered in two deed boxes belonging to Macmillan in 1985, in the vaults of the National Westminster Bank where they had lain undisturbed since World War II. Macmillan then commissioned The Rocket Press to produce a limited edition of 250 prints taken directly from the blocks, the first time they had been used to create new complete edition. Previously Macmillan had treated them as masters, only taking them out of storage to cut electrotype copies for each fresh printing. Only the block for 'Alice & the Dodo' was missing so Jonathan Stephenson used an electrotype in its place, for completeness. No further sets were commissioned by the The Rocket Press and the woodblocks were eventually deposited in the British Library.
The bindings for the commentary volume, the solander boxes housing the prints, and the slipcase were bound by The Fine Bindery, Wellingborough.