Mary Blair's Alice in Wonderland

When Disney conceived of making its psychedelic masterpiece Alice in Wonderland, it asked master illustrator Mary "It's a Small World" Blair to draw up a series of concept sketches for the art direction of the film. Blair's art was never used, alas -- for she made some of the most striking and lovely and just plain weird-ass art that anyone had ever done in the Alice canon (you can see many of them in this Flickr set).

Now Disney has released an abridged version of Lewis Carroll's book, accompanied by Blair's illustrations, beautifully, lavishly reproduced. This may just be the sweetest, loveliest Alice edition since the original Tenniel. The text abridgment is respectful and well-done, too (though I prefer Carroll's text).