Books: A Rich Christmas Sampling

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by Salvador Dali. 150 pages in folio. Maecenas Press-Random House. $375. Questioned about his stature as a painter, Salvador Dali once remarked, "I consider myself a very mediocre painter [but] I'm a better painter than my contemporaries." John Tenniel isn't a contemporary, but the original illustrator of Alice still seems best. Although Dali's Mock Turtle is stupendous, most of the twelve lavish color illustrations and one original color etching are more evocative of Dali than Alice.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Translated...

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