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Alice’s Adventures Under Ground 1964

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

This edition published by University Microfilms Inc., Ann Arbor, Mi, 1964.

Hardback in original clear cover with slipcase. Really rather a pretty edition.

According to the British Library:

This manuscript – one of the British Library’s best – loved treasures – is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician.

Dodgson was fond of children and became friends with Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell, the young daughters of the Dean of his college, Christ Church. One summer’s day in 1862 he entertained them on a boat trip with a story of Alice’s adventures in a magical world entered through a rabbit-hole. The ten-year-old Alice was so entranced that she begged him to write it down for her. It took him some time to write out the tale – in a tiny, neat hand – and complete the 37 illustrations. Alice finally received the 90-page book, dedicated to ‘a dear child, in memory of a summer day’, in November 1864.

You can read the full text and see the pictures on their site.

This is the original version of the Mouse’s Tale:

…and this is the version in Wonderland:

Available in various editions on amazon, but I don’t see this particular one on there…

Bought in Quintos for a tenner. Bargain.


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