Archive for January 23rd, 2010

23
Jan
10

alice i eventyrland

Alice i Eventyrland by Lewis Carroll. Translated into Danish by Birgitte Brix and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. 2009, Carlsen.

Robert Ingpen is an Australian illustrator and graphic designer. He has also written numerous children’s books and also some non-fiction.

There are loads of pictures (on almost every page) and they are beautiful, with a subdued palette and a soft feel. Alice is a skinny little thing, still in her traditional dress and pinafore, but with dark hair that could do with a brush…

This is a Danish edition bought for me for Christmas by my mum. The English version is available here: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I wonder if he’ll be doing a Looking Glass any time soon?

23
Jan
10

Alice in Orchestralia

Alice in Orchestralia by Ernest LaPrade. Published 1925 by Doubleday, Page and Co. First edition with dustjacket. 12mo.

Illustrations by Carroll Snell.

I think the book was also re-released as Alice in Orchestra Land, and as Alice in Music Land.

Alice enters Orchestralia via the horn of a brass instrument, and once there learns all about the characters of the different instruments in the orchestra.

The conductor Walter Damrosch is quoted on the fly:’ Alice is to be envied, for there is hardly anything about a modern symphony orchestra – its make-up, its functions, its manner of speaking that universal language of human emotions – that she does not learn through the pages of this book. And it is all done in such a beguiling way that one might swear that it had been written by the whimsical and immortal author of the original “Alice in Wonderland.”
I am glad that this work was written by an American, and am proud that he is also a member of my orchestra. I prophesy for this book a wide distribution wherever the English tongue is spoken and the love for music prevails.’

You can usually pick up a cheap copy on Amazon: Alice in Orchestralia

You can read the whole book here.

23
Jan
10

alice in virusland

Alice in Virusland by Paul F. Clark. Published by the Society of American Bacteriologists.

1938. 8vo. Offprint from the ‘Journal of Bacteriology’ with five line drawings by W. Allen

Presidential address delivered before the Society of American Bacteriologists at its fortieth annual meeting, San Francisco, August 31, 1938. Alice finds herself in a land of microbes and viruses.

The front cover is plain blue cloth, so I thought I’d stick up the Giardia illustration instead. Isn’t he cute….?

This cost me £22 from abebooks. You can find it on amazon: Alice in virusland or you can read or download the whole thing here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC545356/




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