Archive for April, 2010


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….


Jabberwocky Re-versed

Jabberwocky Re-versed (and other Guinness Versions) by Ronald Barton

Illustrated by John Gilroy

Published in 1935, and printed in Great Britain by John Waddington Limited, Leeds

24 page booklet, “Offered for your entertainment with the compliments of Arthur Guinness, Son and Co., Ltd.”

This series of pamphlets are called “Doctor’s Books” as they were sent to GPs’ surgeries to encourage the drinking of Guinness for medical purposes: very good for nursing mothers for example!

Guinness began doing this in 1933, carried on until World War 2 halted the practice, and they only started again in 1950. The booklets were then produced each year until 1966. They were produced by the advertising agency SH Benson, who made  many of the iconic Guinness ads. This was the second of the booklets that was based on Alice.

Twas grillig, and the City coves

Did scrum and scramble on the pave;

All grimsy were the shopper-droves

In the throat-parched heat-wave.

“Beware of Summer-flop, my son,

The head that aches, the limbs that flag!

Beware of Job-job boredom! Shun

The gloomious Plodder-flag!”

He took his fountain pen in hand;

Long time he toiled, acheiving naught-

Then rested he (and the Secra-tree)

And sat a while in thought

And as in puffish thought he sat,

The Summer-flop, observed by none,

Snalked in and would have knocked him flat-

But then the clock struck one!

Oh welcome chime! Tis Guinness time!

His thirsty lips went smicker-smack!

His langour fled, and clear in head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou vanquished Summer-flop?

My son, you know what’s good for you!

Oh glorjous draught!” He leapt, he laughed:

“Give me a Guinness, too!”



Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking), retold and illustrated by Jamison Odone.

Published by PublishingWorks, 2010. Hardback.

I really like this version- a shortened version of the text is interspersed with Alice’s own (slightly petulant) pronouncements. She’s fab.

From the publishers:

Literary nonsense turns to whimsical imagery with a macabre twist in the pen-and-ink drawings of Jamison Odone. Stick figures have never emoted this much energy as each page brings a certain curiosity to a new light in this deconstruction of Lewis Carroll’s classic. Starkly black and white, these stick characters are as much a quandary as their literary, cartoon and theatre counterparts ever were. Omitting much of the melodic verbiage of the original, STICKFIGURATIVELY SPEAKING creates a simple variation with an exquisitely sophisticated twist that’s already being compared to Edward Gorey.

Jamison Odone himself says:

“This all happened so fast and the drawings and writing became a marathon of work within a three month span of sleepless nights, gallons of coffee and plenty of re-runs of House. I’m quite proud of this book and the series as a whole. Everybody knows the story of Alice and the perfect drawings of John Tenniel, my goal with the first book in the series was to do something completely different from the Victorian eloquence of the Tenniel drawings, and make the story my own. I have done this book with an extreme amount respect for Carroll and Tenniel and I am proud to say that this version of Alice, truly looks like no other.”

He’s on wordpress:

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking)


John Bull’s Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland

John Bull’s Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland by Charles Geake, with 46 illustrations by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould.

Published by Methuen & Co. 1904, first edition hardback. No dust jacket.

The illustrations are caricatures of political figures of the time, and I’m not at all sure who any of them are…

From the preface:

“Our first word must be one of our sincere and appreciative acknowledgments to the Writer and Illustrator of the incomparable Alice Books-to Lewis Carroll, the one man who, if he had only been alive, could have made head or tail of Mr. Chamberlain’s figures, and to Sir John Tenniel, happily still in our midst, even though each succeeding Wednesday no longer brings with it an example of his genius. It will be noticed that in the Fiscal Wonderland one actor has to sustain more than one of the characters of the Alice dramatis personae. Mr. Balfour is not only Humpy Dumpy, but also the March Hare ; Mr. Chamberlain is at once the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Knave of the Trial. For this we make no apology, since one man in his time plays many parts, and in this fiscal controversy the time has been as short as the parts have been varied. The Hatter’s riddle (on page 62) as invented had not an answer any more than Lewis Carroll’s original working model, but if an answer be desired, ” Because neither can be obtained from Birmingham” would seem to have the merit of accuracy. In writing and illustrating the Fiscal Wonderland, we do not pretend to having had no settled convictions. But whilst these have not been concealed, we venture to hope that none of the combatants in the Big Fight will find any cause of offence in this new version of the old stories, so much of which now seems only an intelligent anticipation of the present political situation. C. G. F. C. G. January, 1904.”

Bought for me as a thanks by the lovely Michael when he stayed with me for a while.


Round Fairyland with Alice

Round Fairyland with Alice by Brenda Girvin.

Illustrated by W. Lindsay Cable.

Published by Wells Gardner Darton, 1948. First edition thus (originally published 1916 as Round Fairyland with Alice and the White Rabbit). Hardback cloth boards. No dustjacket. 16mo

All the contents and title pages underlined in felt pen, and chapter headings ticked. Shame.
Alice and the White Rabbit tour Fairyland with the ‘Professor’ and learn about the fairies and folklore of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. They meet Queen Mab, pixies, mermaids, Red Men and Cluricane.

You can pick it up for under £25 on amazon: Round fairyland with Alice

The illustrations are lovely, and rather variable in style. I’ll try and scan more in, but here’s one for now:


Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko.

Published by Tundra Books, 2009. Hardback.

ISBN 978-0-88776932-0

Oleg Lipchenko is a Ukrainian artist now based in Toronto.

Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award: an award established in 1985 and given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book.

Lipchenko says:

Lewis Carroll gives the Illustrator a lot of freedom. There are a lot of things that aren’t given or described; he plays on the imagination of the readers, so that everyone’s views are unique. At the same time, there are many attractive details in his writing. That’s why everything could be shown differently. I like to draw with pencil on paper; I find a lot of freedom in it. The presence of colour is not important to me, colour is a desirable attribute for children’s books, but is not necessary. Including the brown color in my illustrations, is to bring out the reminisce that you would get in old photographs, ‘Fleur de Epoch’.

He has also illustrated Humpty Dumpty and Others: Selected Nursery Rhymes and a number of Russian children’s tales.

On amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Also available as a limited edition.


Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 2

Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 2 by QuinRose.

Art by Soumei Hoshino.

Published by Tokyopop, 2010. First edition paperback.

ISBN: 978-1427817709

I love the cover: the tea party looks really rather tempting.

From the cover:

As Alice grows accustomed to life in Wonderland, she begins to understand the inner workings of this mysterious world. Everyone desires to get close to her, and Alice’s life lights up with little moments of happiness. But she soon discovers the truth behind all the bliss… and wasted lives. And how will Alice react when the greatest secret is revealed by Julius, the one and only clock repairer?!

Basically, Alice Liddell is transported to a Wonderland filled with handsome young men loosely based on Wonderland characters, who all seem to want to fall in love with her. It’s Alice as a dating game, crossed with a computer game. Sort of fun in a bizarre kind of way. This is volume 2.

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