Archive for June 5th, 2011

05
Jun
11

New Adventures of “Alice”

New Adventures of “Alice” by John Rae. Illustrated by the author.

Published by P.F. Volland Company, 1917.

Hardback, first edition.

Another book imagining what Lewis Carroll might have written had he continued his “Alice” stories. This book contains 14 new chapters with illustrations inspired by Tenniel.

Betty falls asleep after reading Mother Goose, and finds a book containing the new adventures of Alice. The characters are drawn from the Nursery Rhymes that Betty has been reading…

It was a sleepy, spring-time Sunday afternoon.

Alice was lying on the grass near the garden-house reading

Mother Goose Rhymes to her kittens who were tumbling about

near her in the slanting yellow sunshine. (She often pretended the kittens were small children.) Just now she was reading “Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s in the Well.”

“I’m sure you’ll like this one and it may prove a warning to you,” she said.

Mine is a slightly tatty copy, so was rather cheaper than the one currently for sale via abebooks for over £200….

You can see the whole book online here, or buy a modern reprint, or find the original if you’re lucky…

05
Jun
11

Alice in Rankbustland/ Lost in the Bungle

Lost in the Bungle, with apologies to Lewis Carroll. With an introduction by the Hon. John C. Knox.

Author Edwin M. Otterbourg.

Published in 1933 by Country Life Press. 8vo, hardback black cloth stamped in gilt. No dustjacket.

This edition is titled as Lost in the Bungle but it includes the earlier Rankbustland (1923) as an appendix.

Edwin M. Otterbourg, a trial and appellate lawyer with had a particular interest in legal ethics, co-founded the firm of Otterbourg Steindler & Houston in New York City in 1909.

This is apparently “A satire on alleged abuses in the administration of the American Bankruptcy act”, but I’m not sure what that means…

05
Jun
11

Alice in Plunderland

Alice in Plunderland by Bernard Benson.

Subtitled:

A Down to Earth Book for Politicians and Economists… and Especially Their “Clients”. That is All of Us…

Published by The Minstrel Publishing Company 1978. Hardback with dustjacket.

Signed and numbered 1,475 of 5,000.

According to the cover notes, the book:

spreads out before our eyes a lucid picture of the world which we and our leaders between us have created.

..but I can’t possibly comment as I haven’t managed to wade through it. It’s all done in 4 colour cartoons with handwritten text, and seems to be ‘Alice does politics’. I haven’t even managed to read enough to decide what sort of politics it is.

Bought via abebooks, where all the current copies seem to be in Germany. You might be lucky and find on on amazon: Alice in Plunderland




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