Posts Tagged ‘12mo

05
Oct
12

Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream

Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream by John Kendrick Bangs.

Illustrated by Albert Levering.

Published by Doubleday, Page & Company, New York, 1907. Hardback clothbound first edition: no dustjacket. 12mo.

Bangs (1862-1922) was an American writer, essayist and lecturer, and he turns Alice turns into a political satire

Alice travels to Blunderland, where “everything goes just right”: assuming you believe the keepers of the Municipal Home of Children, where all the children live. Appearances by the dormouse, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the White Knight.

From Alice in Blunderland:

“Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for $500 apiece–”

“Mercy!” cried Alice, “Why, that is–that is terrible.”

“It certainly is,” said the March Hare ruefully, it’s rotten. Here I’ve been holding out for $1,250 for mine, and these duffers want to go in for a cut rate that will absolutely ruin the business.”

There’s a facsimile version available: Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream

The Mad Hatter talking through his hat.

24
Jan
10

clara in blunderland

Clara in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis. Published by William Heinemann, 1902.

Fifth and seventh impressions. Cloth hardback, 12mo.

I have two copies of this, and have managed to read neither. I know it was written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome (together under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis) as a satire on British involvement in the Boer war, especially at the failure of the government to resolve the conflict, but as I know very little about the war, the parody passes way over my head.

The illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership. They echo the Tenniels, but look like political caricatures: again, my lack of historical knowledge lets me down: I don’t know who they are. Any suggestions welcome- might Clara be Balfour??

There is a sequel: Lost in Blunderland, which I don’t own. Yet…

Available on amazon: Clara In Blunderland

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.




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