Archive for September, 2011

22
Sep
11

Alice in Starland

Alice in Starland: or The Land of the Little Star by Fay McGregor.

Illustrated by John Tenniel, the great-nephew of his namesake who illustrated the original Lewis Carroll books.

Lots of black and white illustrations in the text and 4 colour plates.

Published by W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd., 1952ish. At least, that’s the date of the handwritten dedication inside.

Hardback, no dustjacket.

The adventures of Alice’s fictional great-grand-daughter, also named Alice, and the dragon Dragaloo.

17
Sep
11

Alice Revisits Wonderland: A Story of Sozodont

Alice Revisits Wonderland: A Story of Sozodont after Lewis Carroll.

Copyrighted 1904, by Hall and Ruckel, London and New York.

Sozodont was the creation of an American druggist, Roswell van Buskirk in the 1850s, but the product was manufactured by Hall and Ruckel. The name derives from the Greek sozo meaning “to save” and dontia, “teeth”. It apparently did just the opposite: continued use of the powder made your teeth yellow and could even strip the enamel.

The company made strong use of advertising and by the late eighteen-hundreds was an established household name across the States and the UK. This little pamphlet uses the Alice story as a jumping off point, with a retelling of the trial scene. It features the Tweedles, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat. There are straight ads for several different preparations of Sozodont in the back of the pamphlet.

It’s a charming little thing- shame the product itself was so rubbish.

My copy came all the way from Australia via the entirely lovely and helpful Pioneer Books.

10
Sep
11

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground 1964

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

This edition published by University Microfilms Inc., Ann Arbor, Mi, 1964.

Hardback in original clear cover with slipcase. Really rather a pretty edition.

According to the British Library:

This manuscript – one of the British Library’s best – loved treasures – is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician.

Dodgson was fond of children and became friends with Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell, the young daughters of the Dean of his college, Christ Church. One summer’s day in 1862 he entertained them on a boat trip with a story of Alice’s adventures in a magical world entered through a rabbit-hole. The ten-year-old Alice was so entranced that she begged him to write it down for her. It took him some time to write out the tale – in a tiny, neat hand – and complete the 37 illustrations. Alice finally received the 90-page book, dedicated to ‘a dear child, in memory of a summer day’, in November 1864.

You can read the full text and see the pictures on their site.

This is the original version of the Mouse’s Tale:

…and this is the version in Wonderland:

Available in various editions on amazon, but I don’t see this particular one on there…

Bought in Quintos for a tenner. Bargain.

 

09
Sep
11

Alice’s Adventures in Welchland

Alice’s Adventures in Welchland: Advertisment for Welch’s grape juice with an Alice theme. No date or magazine title- just a single page. Looks sort of 50′s-ish and the copyright note says 1951.

07
Sep
11

Toys From Alice in Wonderland

 Toys From Alice in Wonderland by Margaret Hutchings with Doris Cook.

Published by Mills & Boon, 1979.

ISBN-10: 026306400X

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

With instructions and patterns for 20 different toys of varying sizes (mainly made from felt and fun fur), including the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Queen of Hearts, the Dodo, the Mad Hatter, a rocking-horse fly, the March Hare, and Alice. They look a bit hard to me, but then I’m a non-sewer.

Available on Amazon: Toys from “Alice in Wonderland”

07
Sep
11

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns: edited by Dave Marshall.

Introduction by American McGee.

Published by Dark Horse Books, 2011. Hardback.

ISBN-13: 978-1595826978

From the publisher:

Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic – Alice: Madness Returns! Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse Games invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee’s imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece.

There’s some beautiful artwork in here, and it makes me want to go and play the game, but it’s PC. Bother.

Artists involved include Ken Wong, Sun Guoliang, Luis Melo, Hong Lei, Wu Yuehan, Ben Kerslake, Nako, Tyler Lockett, Fellipe Martins, Pu Jinsong, Wang Shenghua, Yuan Shaofeng and Jin Lei. I like the text explaining how the Chinese artists unfamiliar with Alice dealt with the project.

There’s a video review on Amazon if you want a look inside, and it’s buy-able on there of course: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

07
Sep
11

Lost Girls

 

Lost Girls books one and two: by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

Published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1995 (Book one) and 1996 (Book two).

Book One: ISBN-13: 978-0878164066

Book Two: ISBN-13: 978-0878164370

Erotic graphic novels featuring a grown up Alice, Wendy and Dorothy. Not one for the kiddies!!

From the publishers:

For more than a century, Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland, and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now, like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment. Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms… revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxury Austrian hotel. Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Lost Girls is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve. Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Lost Girls is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention. This is erotic fiction at its finest.

According to Wikipedia:

The first six chapters of Lost Girls were initially published in the Taboo anthology magazine, beginning in 1991 with Taboo #5. Kitchen Sink Press’s Tundra imprint later reprinted the Taboo chapters as two separate volumes, containing all of the previously-published chapters.[18] A ten-issue series was scheduled at one point, but Moore and Gebbie instead decided to take the time to finish it, then offer it to various companies as a finished product. Eventually Top Shelf was selected as the publisher, and at one point the finished product was meant to be released in late 2003 or early 2004. In the U.K. the book was published on 1 January 2008, and launched by Moore and Gebbie at a book launch in London on 2 January.

There’s an interview with Alan Moore here.

On Amazon: LOST GIRLS BOOK TWO(PAPERBACK COMIC) (LOST GIRLS)




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