Archive for March, 2011

31
Mar
11

Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls

Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls: Through an All New Looking Glass by Charlotte Whatley.

Published by Dover, 2010. Paperback, first edition.

ISBN-10: 0486479587

From the back cover:

Prepare to fall down the rabbit hole and plunge through the looking glass again — Alice is getting edgy with this modern paper-doll interpretation. Replete with stunningly original costumes and accessories, these 16 dolls crackle with steampunk style, a creative combination of science fiction, fantasy, and Victorian-and Edwardian-era fashions. This vibrant re-imagining will appeal to paper-doll enthusiasts of all ages.

Seems a bit of a swizz that you have to cut the dolls out yourself- I’m sure when I was a kid, they were all pre-cut and you just had to press them out before you lost all the bits…

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls: Through an All New Looking Glass

30
Mar
11

Alice in Acidland

Alice in Acidland: Lewis Carroll Revisited by Carroll and Thomas Fensch.

Tenniel illustrations.

Published by A.S. Barnes and Co/ T.Yoseloff, 1970. Hardback first edition.

SBN: 498074773

Tatty copy, with the dustjacket in pieces: I could do with a nicer version…

The book has been described elsewhere:

…Charles Dodgson may have passed Thomas DeQuincey on the streets of London — after all — this was generally the same era that DeQuincey wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater. Originally published in 1970, Alice in Acidland suggests that Alice’s experiences – -and the curiouser and curiouser animals that she encounters — echo the LSD trips of the hippie 1960s – -and could easily have been visualized by Thomas DeQuincey and the mad hatters of Lewis Carroll’s time.

It’s basically the original book with drug-themed annotations: quite fun.

Available on amazon in the 1970 original: Alice in Acidland, or as a modern reprint: Alice in Acidland

28
Mar
11

Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life

Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life by Robin Wilson.

Paperback Penguin, 2009.

ISBN-13: 978-0141016108

Robin Wilson (born December 1943) is a Visiting Emeritus Professor in Pure Mathematics at the Open University, a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford and professor of geometry at Gresham College.

He says:

In Graph Theory my main interests are in colouring problems – especially in edge–colourings of graphs and the four–colour problem. In the history of mathematics, I am interested in British mathematics – especially the 17th century and the period 1860 – 1940 and in the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

He’s apparently the son of Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Lewis Carroll’s writings have inspired and entertained generations of readers, but now his forgotten achievements in the world of numbers are finally brought to light by highly acclaimed author and mathematician Robin Wilson. Here Wilson explores the singular imagination of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – known to millions around the world as Lewis Carroll – the creator of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. “Lewis Carroll in Numberland” shows how this incredible mind was not limited to the exuberant fantasy and word play of his children’s books which brim with mathematical allusions – arithmetical, geometrical, logical and mechanical. Dodgson’s exceptional talent as a mathematician won him the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship at Oxford, a position he held for over twenty-six years. During this time he published extensively and brilliantly in the traditional fields of geometry, logic and algebra. Wilson’s passionate celebration of Dodgson’s mathematical achievements reveals that his work in numbers went far beyond the purely academic. We are taken inside the mind of a man who turned his mathematical genius to the study of voting patterns, to the design of tennis tournaments and even to the prolific creation and popularization of imaginative, numerical puzzles. This absorbing book introduces us to the mind behind the myth and shows the true range of Carroll’s extraordinary talents and numerous contributions to British society.

Bought on Amazon: Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life

28
Mar
11

Alitji in the Dreamtime

Alitji in the Dreamtime: a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story by Nancy Sheppard using Australian Aborigine language and imagery: the white rabbit has become a kangaroo and the dormouse is now a koala.

The story is told in the Pitjantjatjara language of Central Australia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara) and is back-translated into English alongside.

The illustrations by Byron Sewell are rather beautifully printed in brown ink: far more elegant than black, especially on the grey-brown of the paper.

Published in 1975 by the University of Adelaide, and available from various sellers on Amazon: Alitji on Amazon

More equivalences:

  • the fan becomes a woomera
  • the caterpillar becomes a witchety grub
  • the Duchess becomes the Spirit of the North Wind
  • the Mad Hatter and the March Hare become a Stockman and a Horse
  • Croquet is played with storks and echindnas

I think this is one of my favourite alternative Alice stories: the tale is well told, the rhymes and verses stand up well and the illustrations are beautiful. It works well as a book on its own merits, and it adds dimensions to the original story. Recommended.

28
Mar
11

Sotheby’s Catalogue


Sotheby’s Catalogue: SOTHEBY’S LONDON‎: ‎Sale L01912 6 June 2001: Lewis Carroll’s Alice. The Photographs, Books, Papers and Personal Effects of Alice Liddell and Her Family‎.

Sotheby’s is the world’s fourth largest auction house, based in London and New York. This is for a sale of items related to Dodgson and the Liddell family- some personal effects, photographs and signed books.

The catalogue has handwritten annotations giving the prices achieved. You can see what was sold and for how much here

Bought in Sotherans for £16.

27
Mar
11

Illustrated by Michael Hague

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Michael Hague.

Published by Methuen Children’s Books, London. 1985.

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0416596304

Michael Hague (1948- ) is an American illustrator  He says of his work:

I count myself as one of the most fortunate of beings. For as an artist I have not only the pleasure but the duty to daydream. It is part of my work. I have been a contented day dreamer all of my life, often to the exasperation of those around me.

I have always wanted to be a book illustrator. Books are what got me interested in the art field in the first place. I try to infuse my illustrations with the same spirit that the author or the story produced in my imagination. I strive to create something from an empty canvas that becomes a whole ‘other world’ that people can visit for a while and totally believe in. That challenge of bringing a subject to life and making it believable – and that’s what is exciting to me as an artist. It doesn’t matter whether it is a Greek myth or an American legend, my approach is the same, to try and blend fantasy with realism.

You can see a couple of the illustrations here.

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland

20
Mar
11

Royal Ballet Programme

Royal Ballet Programme: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with cast list for 15th March 2011.

The first new, full-length ballet score for The Royal Ballet for 20 years: music by Joby Talbot and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

My lovely boyf bought us tickets for my birthday- I hadn’t been to the Opera House for years, so it was a double treat. The ballet itself was patchy- I loved the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar and the Flower dance, but really didn’t take to the tap-dancing Mad Hatter: and the caucus race was only impressive as being as pointless as the book’s descriptions suggest:

…they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out The race is over! and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, But who has won?

Some excerpts from the ballet in this report:

…and the maquette for the wonderful Cheshire cat here:

13
Mar
11

Alice in Wonderland: a Visual Companion

Alice in Wonderland: a Visual Companion by Mark Salisbury, with a foreword by Tim Burton.

Published by Disney Editions (16 Mar 2010). Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 9781423128878

From the publisher’s bumpf:

Think you know the classic story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland? Think again because renowned director and producer Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, Edward Scissorhands, Beetle Juice, Batman) has applied his signature style to this beloved tale! The “Making/Art of” takes readers to the world behind Burton’s camera, revealing the secrets of performance-capture technology, the marriage of live-action and CGI technology, and the final result in a singular, artistic format. Fans will delight in reading about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of The Mad Hatter, and Anne Hathaway’s of The White Queen, to name just a few of the star performances. And, of course, this gorgeous book chronicles some of Tim Burton’s most unique techniques!

Whatever you think of the film, it’s certainly a beautifully produced book, and it’s currently reduced on Amazon: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Visual Companion: A Visual Companion (Disney Editions)

13
Mar
11

Alice in Quantumland

Alice in Quantumland by Robert Gilmore. Illustrations by author.

Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1995. Paperback.

ISBN: 0387914951

The landscape of Quantum Physics is explored by sending Alice to Quantumland, where each character she encounters explains a different aspect of quantum theory. Includes sections on the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions and the Pauli Principle. Even I understood some of it. Briefly.

From the publisher’s notes:

Alice falls through the screen of her television set and finds herself in Quantumland. This is a place where she encounters unusual characters who demonstrate to her the basics of quantum physics.

  • She meets electrons, whose positions must be uncertain unless they are moving rapidly
  • She visits the Heisenberg Bank and sees particles get short term energy loans
  • She talks to the Uncertain Accountant who cannot make his books balance because of energy fluctuations.
  • She meets the Quantum and Classical Mechanics at the Mechanic’s Institute and sees demonstrations of interference in their Gedanken room.
  • At the Fermi Bose Academy she is told how the Pauli Principle deals with hundreds of identical electron students.
  • From the Mendeleev Pier she explores the energy levels within an atom.
  • She visits Castle Rutherford, the home of the nuclear Family.
  • The three Quark Brothers explain the composition of strongly interacting particles at the Particle MASSquerade.

Available on amazon here.

13
Mar
11

Illustrated by Justin Todd

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Justin Todd.

Published by Gollancz, 1984. First edition hardback with dustjacket.

The dustjacket has a photograph on the back of Alice Liddell as “The Beggar Maid”, taken by Lewis Carroll.

Artist Justin Todd  was runner-up for the Francis Williams memorial prize for children’s book illustrations in 1987 with this book. He studied painting at Wimbledon and illustration at The Royal College.

As you can see from the scan, this cost me £5.95…

Available on amazon: Justin Todd




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