LONDON (AP) _ The original wood engravings used to illustrate Lewis Carroll's beloved stories of Alice in Wonderland, which were thought to be lost long ago, have turned up in a bank vault, the publisher said Friday.

''They are the masters of probably the best-known book illustrations that have ever been made,'' Michael Wace, director of Macmillan Children's Books, said in an interview published in the Times of London.

Macmillan, publishers of the Carroll tales, said in a statement that the 92 wood blocks, engraved more than 100 years ago, were in excellent condition and probably will be used to produce a limited edition of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations next year.

''They will be clearer and more direct images than have ever been published before,'' Wace said.

The company said the wood blocks were found several months ago during a routine check of Macmillan material held in the vaults of a London bank, but the announcement was delayed until completion of scientific tests.

The blocks were carved by the Dalziel brothers from Tenniel's pencil drawings for ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' in 1865 and ''Through the Looking-Glass'' in 1872.