Woodblock proofs

When the Dalziel brothers engraved Tenniel’s original design, they mistakenly cast the Rabbit’s gaze ahead. After printing the first proof (above), they spotted the error and recast his gaze askance as seen in the second proof (below).

John Tenniel (1820–1914)
The White Rabbit as the Herald
First and second state woodblock proofs, 1865
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