Posts Tagged ‘Brenda Girvin

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.

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26
Apr
10

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:




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