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12
Jun
11

Aliciae Per Speculum Transitus

Aliciae Per Speculum Transitus (Quaeque Ibi Invenit), by Ludovici Carroll (Lewis Carroll).

Librum picturis ornavit Sir John Tenniel.

Translated by Clive Harcourt Carruthers.

Published by Macmillan, 1966 (same year as me). Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

I also own a latin Alice in Wonderland from the same translator: both of them are nice quality books, pleasant to hold and flick through, and it’s interesting trying to work out bits of the language (I did two years of Latin at school back in the 1980s, so don’t remember much…)

Available on Amazon: Aliciae per speculum transitus

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09
Jun
11

Alice Redux

Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis and Wonderland edited by Richard Peabody.

Published by Paycock Press, 2006. Softback first edition. Front cover painting by Julie Inman.

ISBN: 0931181224

Anthology of short stories, photos and excerpts from other Alice-themed books (some of which I own…)

From the back cover:

Beyond the Looking Glass with…

Donya Currie Arias, Beth Bachmann, Bruce Bauman, Jeffrey M. Bockman, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Ann Downer, Kevin Downs, Rikki Ducornet, CMDupre, Alison Habens, Susan Hankla, Ann Harries, Dorothy Hickson, Alice Owens Johnson, Steven Millhauser, Miles David Moore, Dave Morice, Jeff Noon, Lance Olsen, Victoria Popdan, Doug Rice, Katie Roiphe, Lorraine Schein, Martin Seay, Aurelie Sheehan, Susan Sherman, David R. Slavitt, MaryAnn Suehle, Ross Taylor, Tom Whalen.

“Alice Redux is a potent and heady brew; conveying a surreal and intense array of atmospheres and phantasmagorical takes on the original tale, this is a collection by some of the finest and most imaginative writers around. Alice proves to be a Muse in hairband and pinafore; this collection of Alice in Wonderland inspired stories should most definitely be labelled Drink Me.” — Joolz Denby, author of Billie Morgan.

“Alice–the hippest girl in Victorian England, the first postmodern heroine–is back, reflected in the looking-glasses of some of the most imaginative writers of our day. Many of my favorites are here–Carter, Coover, Ducornet, Olsen, Sheehan–as well as some intriguing strangers. (And Nancy Taylor’s photographs had me fainting in coils.) The literary Alice exerts the same fascination on the contributors that Alice Liddell did on Lewis Carroll, liberating the imagination, loosening the tongue. This is a superb anthology, a Wonderland of fiction wild and new.” –Steven Moore, editor of Over the Rainbow? Hardly.

“Drawing their inspiration from the imaginative feast that is Alice in Wonderland, these stories are by turns funny, moving, and best of all, startling; each surprises in its own way, and each allows us to inhabit, for a little while longer, a world we didn’t even realize we missed.” – Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel.

This seems to be a love-it or hate-it anthology: the on-line reviews either praise it or pan it.

Available on Amazon: Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis and Wonderland

08
Jun
11

Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland

Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland by Howard R. Garis.

Illustrated by Edward Bloomfield.

Published by A. L. Burt Company, 1921. Hardback. No dustjacket.

‘Uncle Wiggily Longears’ was the main character of a whole series of children’s stories written by  Howard R. Garis. He was born in Binghamton, New York in 1873 and over his lifetime, wrote nearly one hundred and fifty books for children under his own name, and nearly as many under various pseudonyms. He began writing the Uncle Wiggily stories in 1910 for the Newark News, and he wrote one every day (except Sundays) for more than 30 years.  He died in 1962.

From the first story:

“I am much too large to squeeze out of the hole by which I came in here. Much too large. Oh, dear!”

“Here, drink some of this and you’ll grow small just as I did when I drank from it before I fell into the pool of tears,” the soft and gentle voice went on, and to Uncle Wiggily’s surprise, there stood a nice little girl with long, flaxen hair. She was holding out to him a bottle with a tag that read:

“DRINK ME.”

“Am I really to drink this?” asked the bunny.

“You are,” said the little girl.

Uncle Wiggily took a long drink from the bottle. It tasted like lollypop ice cream soda, and no sooner had he taken a good sip than all of a sudden he found himself shutting up small, like a telescope. Smaller and smaller he shrank, until he was his own regular size, and then the little girl took him by the paw and cried: “Come on! Now you can get out!”

And, surely enough, Uncle Wiggily could.

“But who are you?” he asked the little girl.

“Oh! I’m Alice from Wonderland,” she said, “and I know you very well, though you never met me before. I’m in a book, but this is my holiday, so I came out. Come on, now, before the mosquitoes catch us! We’ll have a lot of funny adventures with some friends of mine. Come on!” And away ran Uncle Wiggily with Wonderland Alice, who had saved him from being bitten. So everything came out all right, you see.

And if the teacup doesn’t lose its handle and try to do a foxtrot waltz with the soup tureen, I’ll tell you next about Uncle Wiggily and the March Hare.

You can read the whole thing here.

You find either the original or a reprint on Amazon.

07
Jun
11

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Pitman’s Shorthand

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Pitman’s Shorthand  with illustrations by John Tenniel.

Intermediate stage of Pitman’s Shorthand.

New Era Edition. Published by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons. I’m not sure of the year, but obviously pre-1971 as the price is given as 3/6.

Small paperback.

Does what it says on the tin- Alice translated into Pitman shorthand. According to wiki:

Pitman shorthand is a system of shorthand for the English language developed by Englishman Sir Isaac Pitman (1813–1897), who first presented it in 1837. Like most systems of shorthand, it is a phonetic system; the symbols do not represent letters, but rather sounds, and words are, for the most part, written as they are spoken. As of 1996, Pitman shorthand was the most popular shorthand system used in the United Kingdom and the second most popular in the United States.

This shorthand translation was first published in the American Edition of Pitman’s Journal, so apparently there are some pronunciation differences- explained in a paragraph on the first page.

Available on Amazon: Pitman’s Alice

05
Jun
11

New Adventures of “Alice”

New Adventures of “Alice” by John Rae. Illustrated by the author.

Published by P.F. Volland Company, 1917.

Hardback, first edition.

Another book imagining what Lewis Carroll might have written had he continued his “Alice” stories. This book contains 14 new chapters with illustrations inspired by Tenniel.

Betty falls asleep after reading Mother Goose, and finds a book containing the new adventures of Alice. The characters are drawn from the Nursery Rhymes that Betty has been reading…

It was a sleepy, spring-time Sunday afternoon.

Alice was lying on the grass near the garden-house reading

Mother Goose Rhymes to her kittens who were tumbling about

near her in the slanting yellow sunshine. (She often pretended the kittens were small children.) Just now she was reading “Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s in the Well.”

“I’m sure you’ll like this one and it may prove a warning to you,” she said.

Mine is a slightly tatty copy, so was rather cheaper than the one currently for sale via abebooks for over £200….

You can see the whole book online here, or buy a modern reprint, or find the original if you’re lucky…

05
Jun
11

Alice in Rankbustland/ Lost in the Bungle

Lost in the Bungle, with apologies to Lewis Carroll. With an introduction by the Hon. John C. Knox.

Author Edwin M. Otterbourg.

Published in 1933 by Country Life Press. 8vo, hardback black cloth stamped in gilt. No dustjacket.

This edition is titled as Lost in the Bungle but it includes the earlier Rankbustland (1923) as an appendix.

Edwin M. Otterbourg, a trial and appellate lawyer with had a particular interest in legal ethics, co-founded the firm of Otterbourg Steindler & Houston in New York City in 1909.

This is apparently “A satire on alleged abuses in the administration of the American Bankruptcy act”, but I’m not sure what that means…

05
Jun
11

Alice in Plunderland

Alice in Plunderland by Bernard Benson.

Subtitled:

A Down to Earth Book for Politicians and Economists… and Especially Their “Clients”. That is All of Us…

Published by The Minstrel Publishing Company 1978. Hardback with dustjacket.

Signed and numbered 1,475 of 5,000.

According to the cover notes, the book:

spreads out before our eyes a lucid picture of the world which we and our leaders between us have created.

..but I can’t possibly comment as I haven’t managed to wade through it. It’s all done in 4 colour cartoons with handwritten text, and seems to be ‘Alice does politics’. I haven’t even managed to read enough to decide what sort of politics it is.

Bought via abebooks, where all the current copies seem to be in Germany. You might be lucky and find on on amazon: Alice in Plunderland




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