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25
Nov
14

Emblemland

Emblemland: John Kendrick Bangs, illustrated by Charles Raymond Macauley. Also known as Rollo in Emblemland.

Published in 1902 by R.H. Russell, New York. First edition hardback, no dustjacket.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a boy named Rollo falls asleep and finds himself in “Emblemland”, a strange country peopled with symbols and icons such as John Bull, Uncle Sam, the Owl, the Stork, Puck, Mr Punch, Father Time and Cupid.

Cupid describes his land as “the home of all Emblems…. Emblems are signs and symbols. I’m an Emblem, because I am the symbol of love; Uncle Sam is the symbol of the United States, and John Bull is the symbol of England, and the Owl is the symbol of wisdom….”

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) was born in New York, and was an author, editor and satirist. Charles Raymond McCauley (1871 – 1934) was a newspaper cartoonist, published in the New York Daily Mirror.

New printing available from Evertype: Rollo in Emblemland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

23
Nov
14

Alice and the White Rabbit – Their Trips Round About London

Alice and the White Rabbit – Their Trips Round About London by Brenda Girvin.

Published by Partridge & Co, London, undated – ?1900? That’d be the first edition: not sure if this is that or a subsequent print. I think it’s probably not a first, as I’ve seen that described as having a blue cover. Hardback, no dustjacket.

Frontispiece and 7 full-page black and white illustrations, and 25 illustrations in the text, all by Evelyn Stuart Hardy. The cover is rather splendid too.

Hardy came from a family of artists (father, mother and two brothers) living in Bristol. Although known as Evelyn Stuart Hardy and commonly said to have been born in 1870, she was apparently actually born Beatrice Evelyn Elizabeth Hardy in 1865, but became younger with each census!

In the book, Alice and the Rabbit come to London and visit the Tower, the Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s, the Bank of England and others.

 

Sometimes available on Amazon: Alice and the White Rabbit.

02
Nov
14

Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!

08
Jul
14

Wonderland No More

TAG30017_thumbWonderland No More by Kevin L. Anderson, Lansing D. Tryon and Jordan Peacock.

Softback, with B&W text & colour cover. Published by Triple Ace Games.

Publisher’s details:

WE’RE ALL MAD HERE!

In 1865, Lewis Carroll introduced the world to the delightful nonsense of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and followed up with Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There in 1871. These tales present us with a world of whimsy and absurdity, and maybe just the tiniest hint of danger and adventure.

But what if there really was an Alice who visited Wonderland and what if it didn’t vanish as soon as she left? What if Wonderland’s childlike charm tarnished just a bit with the years, and it warped under the weight of its own nonsense? Maybe it’s all just a dream—or a nightmare—but it’s all very real for anyone trapped within.

Wonderland No More provides a setting for adventures within a realm of fantasy and the unexpected, a madcap ride that bounces between humor and horror. Here, when the Queen of Hearts cries, “Off with their heads!” it usually happens!

Take on the roles of wooden Chessmen, two-dimensional Cards, talking Animals, mobile Plants, Tweedle, or even the occasional Human. Knights quest for blessed artifacts of Alice, Little Girls master the deadly Queen’s Croquet, Haberdashers have a few tricks under their caps, and Gourmancers create magical foods and drinks (helpfully labeled “Eat Me” or “Drink Me” for those who can’t figure it out on their own).

Lighthearted or sinister, it’s all what you make of it in Wonderland—because we’re all mad here.

Contained in this book:Six playable races, including Animals, Cards and Chessmen.

* Over 40 new Edges and Hindrances explore the new character options the world of Wondrland.
* Three Arcane Backrounds – holy priests who worship Alice or the Spirit of Conflict, Gourmancers who cook their powers into dishes and Haberdashers wielders of hat themed magics.
* Detailed setting rules covering the science of Wonderland, its relation to our world, and more.
* A fully detailed campaign.
* Over twenty Savage Tales.
* Side Quests and Other Diversions – suggestions for further adventures along various themes.
* Full stats for dozens of allies, opponents and creatures the heroes will encounter on their journies.

Triple Ace Games presents Wonderland No More for the award winning Savage Worlds RPG – adventure in Alice’s world!

Some of the character types:

Bounty Hunter: Since the Queen of Hearts began taxing her subjects, jobs abound for those who want to hunt their kin for
money. Tax evaders disappear or become outlaws, and need to be tracked down.
Common Folk: “From small acorns mighty oaks grow,” so says an old proverb, and it is nowhere truer than with the common folk of Wonderland. By circumstance or happenstance, many a common villager has been thrust upon the path of adventure.
Explorer: These folk are no longer content to stay in their known and safe area, following the urge to wander and see what is over the horizon.
Guard: There is always a use for a guard, including warding the royal presence, ensuring that a tax collector remains unmolested, or fighting a
war with a rival.
Gourmancer: A few of those who study the culinary art of preparing magical dishes choose to travel the realms to sell their recipes to those who have immediate use for them, to cure an ill or right a wrong. These wandering Gourmancers often stumble into adventure whether they seek it out or not.
Haberdasher: Sometimes people ask for the strangest things on their hats! Whilst seeking the perfect jubjub feather, other adventures may intervene.

See more here.

Sometimes pops up on Amazon. Mine was a birthday present- Thanks Roz & Simon!

 

08
Jul
14

Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin

Malice-in-Wonderland-1-Alice-the-Assassin.225x225-75Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin by Lotus Rose.

Self published paperback, 2012.

The blurb:

It’s a lot easier to be ruthless when you’re heartless. . .
The truth is not what you were led to believe. Alice never left Wonderland. It wasn’t all “just a dream.”
It’s a nightmare. A nightmare she can’t escape, where formerly pleasant characters throw her unhappy unbirthday parties to torment her, while others like to make her cry so they can lick her tears.
But one day after years of this unpleasantness, she loses her heart. Literally. Well, technically someone steals it.
And she has to get it back. By any means necessary. And it’s a lot easier to be ruthless now that she’s heartless.
She will have her heart returned to her even if she has to kill all the citizens of Wonderland one by one…

You can get the Kindle edition for free!

 

06
Jul
14

The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case

Picture 14The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case Along with Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter-Writing by Lewis Carroll.

Modern French facsimile edition of the original, which was published by Emberlin and Son in 1890 and was sold in a printed envelope, together with a pamphlet written by Carroll.

I wish I could afford an original

From the pamphlet (although mine is in French):

Some American writer has said “the snakes in this district may be divided into one species—the venomous.” The same principle applies here. Postage-Stamp-Cases may be divided into one species, the “Wonderland.” Imitations of it will soon appear, no doubt: but they cannot include the two Pictorial Surprises, which are copyright.

You don’t see why I call them ‘Surprises’? Well, take the Case in your left-hand, and regard it attentively. You see Alice nursing the Duchess’s Baby? (An entirely new combination, by the way: it doesn’t occur in the book.) Now, with your right thumb and forefinger, lay hold of the little book, and suddenly pull it out. The Baby has turned into a Pig! If that doesn’t surprise you, why, I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised if your own Mother-in-law suddenly turned into a Gyroscope!

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Inside there are sections for different value stamps of the time, with an extra slot for the most commonly used onepenny stamp..

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Occasionally available on Amazon.

05
Jul
14

First Day Cover 1994

1994_Greet_PO_sloganFirst Day Cover 1994.

Mad Hatter First Day Cover. There were others: yet to be tracked down…

According to the BFDC website:

First day covers are specially designed envelopes with attractive postage stamps which have been postmarked on the day the stamps were issued by the Post Office.

 

Stamps:
Dan Dare and the Mekon
Three Bears
Rupert the Bear
Alice
Noggin the Nog
Peter Rabbit
Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Orlando the Marmalade Cat
Biggles
Paddington Bear
This isn’t my actual envelope I’m afraid- my lack of scanner is impeding me. Mine has the stamps all level rather than split, and is postmarked Nottingham.



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