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10
Jan
13

Blue Alice

scan0041Blue Alice: A Trip Through a Sexual Wonderland by Jackson Short.

Paperback. Published by Dell, 1972. First printing.

Alice seems to be a popular subject for ‘adult’ interpretations. The back cover of this book says “”Once upon a time there was a wee sexy miss named Alice”.

From the blurb:

Curiouser and curiouser!

Poor Alice. First there was the White Hophead who led her astray… then Timothy J. Caterpillar, the psychedelic guru with his unusual methods of instruction… then General March O’Hare and General Mad Anthony Hatter, both wigged out of their skulls on Hanoi Gold… then Tricky Dick Cheshire, who was willing to do anything to make everyone, and especially Alice, love him… then Horatio H. Humpty, who gets his kicks with his ever ready mouth… next came the White Knight of New York, who liked it best on horseback… and the Red Queen, who showed Alice a new way to a woman’s heart,,,

Yes indeed, things were getting curiouser and curiouser for Alice- and the worst, and best, was yet to come…

Fantastic 1970’s stylee cover art…

09
Jan
13

Cheshire Hat

catA cat hat.  A Cheshire cat hat. Not a grin without a cat, or a cat without a grin, but a case to put your head in.

A present from my generous ex-boyfriend…

Do you know how hard it is to scan a hat?

06
Jan
13

Alice Versary

Alice Versary: 1759-1959- The Guinness Birthday Book

Pamphlet of 16 pages, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Guinness.

Illustrations by Ronald Ferns

Printed by W. S. Cowell Ltd, Ipswich.

Guinness began sending promotional booklets to doctors in 1933, breaking off during World War 2, and restarting again in 1950.
In all, 24 were made, of which five are based on the Alice books: this is the last of the five. All of the booklets were produced by the advertising agency SH Benson, who were also responsible for many of the iconic Guinness ads of the period.

Ronald Ferns (14 October 1925 – 2 December 1997) was an English illustrator, designer, cartoonist and surrealist painter in both oil and watercolour.  After training at St. Martins in London, his first major official commission was a vast mural for the 1951 Festival of Britain for the Milk Marketing Board. In the same year, he was also commissioned to create the scenic design for the premiere of Fate’s Revenge by the Ballet Rambert. He later produced children’s books including The Learned Hippopotamus (1986), Caterpillar Stew (1990) and Like It Or Not (1992.

Parodies include The Fish Ball and Curiouser and Curiouser:

‘It must, I fear,’ said Alice, ‘Be something that I ate – I’m opening like a telescope at an alarming rate! And yet I can’t help thinking how useful necks like these would be in any Wonderland where Guinness grows on trees’.


Seems to be the easiest to find of the Guinness Alices. Mine was on ebay- there are usually one or two on amazon: Alice Versary

02
Jan
13

Alicia in Blunderland

scan0001Alicia in Blunderland by Peter Schuyler Miller. Introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.

Small hardback with dustjacket, Published by Oswald Train, 1983. First edition. Number 112 of 500.

Dust jacket art by Stephen E. Fabian.

P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) was an American critic and science fiction writer. In 1933 he wrote Alicia in Blunderland: publishing it serially in Science Fiction Digest magazine under the byline ‘Nihil”. This book brings the episodes together in a limited format along with an introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003), another American SciFi writer.

Alicia meets characters and writers of science fiction of the period.

Bought in Marchpane Books, Cecil Court.

Available on Amazon: Alicia in Blunderland




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