Posts Tagged ‘first edition


Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Alice in Wonderland abdriged by Alison Sage and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2009. Hardback.

ISBN: 978-0007316137

Taught by Quentin Blake at the Royal College of Art, Emma Chichester Clark has illustrated many books by well known children’s authors. She also writes and illustrates her own stories and was shortlisted for the  Kate Greenaway Medal for I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!

You can see more of her work here.

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Picture Book Classics)


Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev.

Published by Simply Read Books, 2003. Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 1894965000

From Ghiuselev’s website:

Iassen Ghiuselev is one of the most notable illustrators of our days.

His art is characterised by its brilliant technique, inspired by the Renaissance, the good schools of realism of the 19th century, from the pre-Rafaelites to the Succession. At the same time, his works are modern in their conception of design and point of view, in a game between light and dark. The characteristic play on perpective calls to mind the art of Escher.

The list of books that he has illustrated include titles like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin, Don Quixote by Cervantes, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde and John Ruskin; myths like Arthur and Excalibur and Orpheus and Eurydice; stories about the lives of personalities like Socrates or Michelangelo; tarot cards and more.

They are lovely drawings, and I also like the bookmark shaped as a ‘Read Me’ label.

Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I hope my friend Anna won’t mind me saying that the cover always reminds me of her…


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


Automated Alice

Automated Alice by Jeff Noon.

Published 1996, Doubleday. First edition hardback. Dust jacket very faded at the top, as you can see from the scan.

In the book, Alice finds herself in 1998 Manchester when she enters an old grandfather clock, and soon becomes the prime suspect in the puzzling “Jigsaw Murders”. The automated Alice of the title is her doll Celia, who grows to life-size and becomes a sort of cyborg.

The jacket notes:

In the last years of his life, the fantasist Charles Dodgson wrote a third Alice book. This mysterious work was never published or shown to anybody. That’s not quite true. Automated Alice was written by Lewis Carroll, Lewis Carroll was the nom de plume of Charles Dodgson. No, that’s not even slighly true either. Automated Alice was written by Zenith O’Clock, the Writer of Wrongs. Oh dear that’s not at all right. This book was written by Jeff Noon. Zenith O’Clock is only a character invented by Jeff Noon. What Alice encounters in the automated future is mostly accidental; mutant hybrids, sinister gameplay, chaos theory, a robo-Alice, quantum physics, computermites, jigsaw killers, tickling vurt feathers, puzzle poems and an invisible cat called Quark.

Noon has said “I really felt Lewis Carroll was looking over my shoulder, correcting things, giving me ideas…Spooky!”


alice i eventyrland

Alice i Eventyrland by Lewis Carroll. Translated into Danish by Birgitte Brix and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. 2009, Carlsen.

Robert Ingpen is an Australian illustrator and graphic designer. He has also written numerous children’s books and also some non-fiction.

There are loads of pictures (on almost every page) and they are beautiful, with a subdued palette and a soft feel. Alice is a skinny little thing, still in her traditional dress and pinafore, but with dark hair that could do with a brush…

This is a Danish edition bought for me for Christmas by my mum. The English version is available here: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I wonder if he’ll be doing a Looking Glass any time soon?


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.


alice in virusland

Alice in Virusland by Paul F. Clark. Published by the Society of American Bacteriologists.

1938. 8vo. Offprint from the ‘Journal of Bacteriology’ with five line drawings by W. Allen

Presidential address delivered before the Society of American Bacteriologists at its fortieth annual meeting, San Francisco, August 31, 1938. Alice finds herself in a land of microbes and viruses.

The front cover is plain blue cloth, so I thought I’d stick up the Giardia illustration instead. Isn’t he cute….?

This cost me £22 from abebooks. You can find it on amazon: Alice in virusland or you can read or download the whole thing here:

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