Archive for February 1st, 2010


Symbolic Logic/ Game of Logic

Symbolic Logic/ Game of Logic by Lewis Carroll.

Dover Publications, 2000 reprint of 1958 original. Originally published as two volumes by Macmillan in 1887 and 1897.

From the cover:

The two works reprinted in this volume are a unique fusion of logical thought and inimitable whimsy. Written by the 19th-century mathematician who also gave us “Alice in Wonderland”, they are among the most entertaining logical works ever written, and contain some of the most thought-provoking puzzles ever devised.

ISBN: 0486204928


Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll by Walter de la Mare.

Published 1932 by Faber & Faber, London. 8vo. First edition.

Orange clothbound hardback with gilt title on spine. Dustjacket in several pieces.

A short study of Lewis Carroll by the famous English poet.  My copy is pretty much completely knackered.

No idea at all where this came from. I really should get myself a better copy, but there’s just so many more new things to buy… sigh.


Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon

Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon by R.J. Carter. Illustrated by Lucy Wright.

Telos Publishing Ltd, 2004. First edition softback.

A new adventure for Alice: she travels through her telescope to the moon.

The author says:

Alice’s Journey Beyond The Moon is something I wrote both for children and Carroll scholars alike. Presented as something Carroll might have written during the time of Alice Pleasance Liddell’s engagement to Reginald Hargreaves, with historical footnotes (a la Martin Gardner’s excellent Annotated Alice) added to reflect events in Carroll’s life up to that point.

Available on amazon: Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon


Puffin Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll/ Tenniel.

Published by Puffin, 1949. Paperback.

Standard edition, but rather nice cover. It’s in pretty good nick too.

Marked ‘£2.50′, but I have no idea where from…


The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland

The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland by Christina Bjork, translated by Joan Sandlin.

Illustrated by Inga-Karin Eriksson.

Published by R & S Books, 1993. 4to. First edition hardback with dustjacket.

A children’s version of the story of how Alice in Wonderland came to be told, with really rather lovely illustrations and diversions.

Includes: instructions for throwing a mad tea party, Antipodes Croquet, Ellen Terry. Rhoda, Queen Victoria, Reginald Hargreaves, Miss Prickett, and Dinah.

ISBN: 9129622425

Amazon: The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland



Dreamhouse by Alison Habens.

Published by Minerva, paperback published 1994.

ISBN: 0749317663

When the big night of Celia’s engagement party arrives, it happens to coincide with the plans of her hated housemates, each planning a party more outrageous than the other. Suddenly careening between future in-laws, radical feminists, and an Alice in Wonderland costume party, Celia veers off the path to married bliss, and along a trail of suspicious rapsberry tarts that leaders her into very strange places.

On amazon: Dreamhouse


Alice’s Adventures in Oxford

Alice’s Adventures in Oxford by Mavis Batey. Pitkin Pictorial Guides.

32 page soft cover pamphlet, 1980.

ISBN: 0853722951

Tells the story of Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church and her friendship with Dodgson, giving information on parts of Oxford important to the book, or which have since become so.

Also nice pictures of the memorial window in All Saints in Daresbury where Dodgson’s father was vicar.

Info on the Pitkin Guides here.
Find it on amazon : Alice`s Adventures in Oxford


The Lewis Carroll Picture Book

The Lewis Carroll Picture Book: A Selection from the Unpublished Writings and Drawings of Lewis Carroll, Together with Reprints from Scarce and Unacknowledged Work edited by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.

Published by Collins Clear Type Press. 16mo. No date. Hardback, no dustjacket. Red cloth cover, embossed.

Stuart Dodgson Collingwood was Lewis Carroll’s nephew. This is his selection of miscellaneous pieces including some of Carroll’s mathematical puzzles, photographic illustrations, tables & diagrams, and word puzzles & games.

Marked £18, but no idea when or where I came by it.


Bloomsbury and Penguin 60

Two Alices published by Bloomsbury Classics and by Penguin 60.

The Bloomsbury is charming: published 1995. Hardback with dustjacket. Sweet silhouette illustrations by Jeff Fischer.

ISBN: 0747522847

Bought in Brighton for £2. Available on amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Bloomsbury Classic)

The Penguin is one of the ’60s’, published in 1996 to celebrate Penguin’s anniversary. It’s short excerpts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

ISBN: 0146003209

I think this was an Oxfam buy. Lots of the series available on amazon: Penguin 60s Children


The Raven and the Writing Desk

The Raven and the Writing Desk by Francis Huxley.

Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd. 1976 first edition.

ISBN: 0500011559

The title of this study of Lewis Carrol’s word play refers to the Mad Hatter’s question to Alice: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”

After undergoing continual badgering for an answer, Carrol added some to the preface of the 1896 edition:

“Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: ‘Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!’ This, however, is merely an afterthought; the riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all.”

Other answers have been given since:

“Because there is a B in both”

“Because they both have inky quills”

“Because Poe wrote on both.”

This book claims:

Lewis Carroll wrote for children as though they were grown-ups, but the Nonsense that made them laugh has long been recognised to be disquietingly profound. This book is an enquiry into the nature of Nonsense which pursues the whole range of Carroll’s thought, explains much which has remained obscure and includes evidence from his life and career.

I’m afraid I found it pompous and dull and couldn’t get past the first chapter. Maybe it improves further in…

Bought for £15 in Cecil Court. Available on amazon: Raven and the Writing-desk

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