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31
Dec
11

The Philosopher’s Alice

The Philosopher’s Alice: Lewis Carroll with notes and introduction by Peter Heath. Subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to a Misunderstood Nursery Classic.

Tenniel illustrations

Published by Academy Editions, London, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition.

Peter Heath was a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. The book is the original text (both books) with philosophical asides and comments: Heath himself says that the books show “surprising insights into abstract questions of philosophy”. Very interesting stuff: well worth a read.

On the “Raven/ Writing Desk’ riddle:

‘Shibles compares this to the unanswerable questions allegedly asked by Philosophers. But the real objection to it is that it has too many answers, namely all the innumerable negative properties that ravens share with writing desks (by which I suppose he means logical negatives like ‘neither of them have a chimney’). If these do not count then neither does the property of unanswerability which the Hatter’s riddle is supposed to share with the questions of Philosophers.’

On amazon: The Philosopher’s Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

23
May
11

All Us Through the Magnifying Glass

All Us Through the Magnifying Glass by B. Leslie Barker.

Tenniel illustrations.

Published in 1955, W. Ruddock & Sons Ltd.

This is a pre-publication copy as far as I can make out: there’s a note inside the front cover that says

‘Leslie from Leslie. not for publication until the executive permit 20.12.54′

Rather than a book, this is a pamphlet written as a tribute to the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.

There’s even one of my favourite things- a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Congress, and the quarter perfs
Did gyre and gimble on the gauge:
All braisil were the oeil de boeufs,
And bomba heads outrage

Alice’s name has been changed to Aniline, but several of the other characters are there. A fun little thing.

19
Jan
11

alice through the looking glass: 1872 edition

Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

50 illustrations by John Tenniel. Red hardcover with gilt trim and all page edges gilt. Published by Macmillan & Co. 1872. Twenty first thousand. (First edition but later printing). Publisher’s advertisements at the back.

It’s surprising how reasonably you can pick up early Looking Glass printings. There are several of these on abebooks for around the 25-30 quid mark. You wouldn’t get a Wonderland for that…

Having said that, this is very precious to me- it’s my oldest book and was given as an anonymous Christmas present. Although I have a shrewd idea who from…

23
Jun
10

Alice in Wonderland Jigsaw Book

Alice in Wonderland Jigsaw Book: with seven 48-piece jigsaws- by Lewis Carroll.

With John Tenniel illustrations, coloured by Harry G. Theaker and Diz Wallis.

This edition published by Ted Smart, 2000, but first issued by Macmillan in 1999.

ISBN: 0333762916

From the publisher:

A gift book with some of the most famous illustrations in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” presented as seven 48-piece jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle is accompanied by an extract abridged from Lewis Carroll’s books as well as some of his nonsense poems and songs.
All the jigsaws are complete: they haven’t even been removed from their pages. In fact the book looks ‘as new’ although I bought it in the British Heart Foundation shop. For £2.50, as you can see in the scan :)
29
Apr
10

Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Alicia in Terra Mirabili by Lewis Carroll, illustrations by Tenniel. Translated by Clive Harcourt Carruthers. Published by Macmillan, 1964.
Hardback with dustjacket. 8vo. First Edition.

Not much i can say about this one, really. It’s Alice. In Latin. Have an excerpt.

‘NECOPINATIUS, etiam necopinatius!’ inquit Alicia. (Tantum stupebat ut ad praesens facultas recte loquendi eam omnino desereret.)

‘Distendor nunc velut maximum omnium telescopium! Pedes, valete!’
(Cum enim pedes suos despiceret, tam procul esse videbantur ut vix in conspectu essent.)
‘Ei! Pedes miselli, quisnam vobis dehinc induet soleas et tibialia, deliciae? Certum est me non posse! Procul ero multo magis quam ut vos curem. Res vobis gerendae erunt quam bene poteritis.’
‘Sed benevola eis esse debeo,’ secum reputabat Alicia, ‘aut forte non in cedent quo modo ego ire volam! Quid enim? Soleas novas semper Saturnalibus eis dabo.’

Et usque cogitabat quomodo id efficeret.

‘Soleas oportet a gerulo apportari; et quam mirum mihi erit dona ad meos ipsius pedes mittere! Quamque inusitate inscribetur fasciculus!

‘Alicia Pedi Suo Dextro S. P. D.,
In Stragulo,
Prope Focum.’

Available on amazon: Alicia in Terra Mirabili , but I think mine was bought on ebay. Generally not too expensive.

There’s a Looking Glass as well: I don’t have that…yet….

26
Feb
10

The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland

The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland by Eugene Orlando.

Original Tenniel illustrations.

ISBN: 978-0595332762

Printed to order by iUniverse.

A modern girl travels through Wonderland with Alice.

From the cover:

It’s Walt Disney meets H. G. Wells’ Time Machine when Emma Thomas’ best friend loses the silver dollar that Emma loaned her for a seventh grade school project. Dana offer’s her twelve-year-old friend a replica of a magic token once owned by Charles Dickens. Reluctantly taking it, Emma scoffs at the claims on the magic token package that the famous 19th century author used it to time travel for his book research. During an argument with her younger brother, Emma accidentally wishes herself back to 1862 and joins Alice in Wonderland. Along their journey Emma breaks up the Caucus racers, acts as policewoman for a loud-mouthed Duchess and her pan-throwing cook, trades insults with the pipe-smoking Caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire Cat, disrupts the Queen of Heart’s croquet match, stirs the Mad Hatter’s tea party into an even madder, madcap, madhouse, and plays defense attorney to try to stop the Queen of Hearts from chopping off Alice’s head. Having lost the magic token somewhere in Wonderland, can Emma escape, or is she trapped in Alice’s mad, mad, mad, upside-down world forever?

Amazon:The Magic Token: A Journey with Alice in Wonderland

13
Feb
10

Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book

Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book: Carroll/ Tenniel.

Abridged for younger readers.

Yes, I do mean ‘coloring': it’s an American edition.

Paperback, first published by Dover Publications 1973, but no idea when my copy was printed.

ISBN: 0486228533

There are 36 lovely big, clear copies of the Tenniel pictures- I’m quite tempted to get my coloured pencils out…




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