Posts Tagged ‘first edition



29
Apr
10

Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Alicia in Terra Mirabili by Lewis Carroll, illustrations by Tenniel. Translated by Clive Harcourt Carruthers. Published by Macmillan, 1964.
Hardback with dustjacket. 8vo. First Edition.

Not much i can say about this one, really. It’s Alice. In Latin. Have an excerpt.

‘NECOPINATIUS, etiam necopinatius!’ inquit Alicia. (Tantum stupebat ut ad praesens facultas recte loquendi eam omnino desereret.)

‘Distendor nunc velut maximum omnium telescopium! Pedes, valete!’
(Cum enim pedes suos despiceret, tam procul esse videbantur ut vix in conspectu essent.)
‘Ei! Pedes miselli, quisnam vobis dehinc induet soleas et tibialia, deliciae? Certum est me non posse! Procul ero multo magis quam ut vos curem. Res vobis gerendae erunt quam bene poteritis.’
‘Sed benevola eis esse debeo,’ secum reputabat Alicia, ‘aut forte non in cedent quo modo ego ire volam! Quid enim? Soleas novas semper Saturnalibus eis dabo.’

Et usque cogitabat quomodo id efficeret.

‘Soleas oportet a gerulo apportari; et quam mirum mihi erit dona ad meos ipsius pedes mittere! Quamque inusitate inscribetur fasciculus!

‘Alicia Pedi Suo Dextro S. P. D.,
In Stragulo,
Prope Focum.’

Available on amazon: Alicia in Terra Mirabili , but I think mine was bought on ebay. Generally not too expensive.

There’s a Looking Glass as well: I don’t have that…yet….

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12
Feb
10

Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age

Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age: A Stark Fantasy by Daddy Dumps, alias Humpty Dumpty, alias Deadeye Dick. In Memory of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, alias Lewis Carroll and Harry Morgan Ayres, Gentle-men, Scholars, and Lovers of Little Girls, by Richard M. Field.

Published by Faulkner & Field, 1949.

Author’s signed limited edition, first printing, no. 663.

Political, literary & social satire on modern life, science & the atomic bomb. Includes a Jabberwock parody- something I always enjoy:

‘Twas Jersey, and the railroad tracks
Did click and shimmer in the heat;
All smoky were the factory stacks,
And belching f-o-u-l reek.

Characters include Humpty Dumpty, Dr. Dodo, the tea party trio, and the red and white Queens.

On Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age. A Stark Fantasy by Daddy Dumps alias Humpty Dumpty, alias Deadeye Dick.

11
Feb
10

In Search of Alice: Being the Adventures of William in Underland

In Search of Alice: Being the Adventures of William in Underland by Guy Bousfield. Published by C. & J. Temple, London.

Hard Cover. 8vo. First Edition?: not dated, but pencil inscription on the fly-leaf says 1952, which is the year of publication.

Illustrations by B. Biro.

This is a new storybook rather than a spoof or satire, featuring William’s (Bill’s) search for, and adventures with, the original Alice. Reintroduces many old friends from the original, including the Duchess, the Hare, Hatter and the Dormouse, the caterpillar and the White Queen, who rather charmingly cries ivory tears.

New characters include:

  • The Goopher
  • The Owl
  • The Kangaroo
  • The Beefeater

Bought on abebooks, 2008

11
Feb
10

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Alice in Wonderland abdriged by Alison Sage and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2009. Hardback.

ISBN: 978-0007316137

Taught by Quentin Blake at the Royal College of Art, Emma Chichester Clark has illustrated many books by well known children’s authors. She also writes and illustrates her own stories and was shortlisted for the  Kate Greenaway Medal for I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!


You can see more of her work here.

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland (Picture Book Classics)

06
Feb
10

Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev.

Published by Simply Read Books, 2003. Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 1894965000

From Ghiuselev’s website:

Iassen Ghiuselev is one of the most notable illustrators of our days.

His art is characterised by its brilliant technique, inspired by the Renaissance, the good schools of realism of the 19th century, from the pre-Rafaelites to the Succession. At the same time, his works are modern in their conception of design and point of view, in a game between light and dark. The characteristic play on perpective calls to mind the art of Escher.

The list of books that he has illustrated include titles like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin, Don Quixote by Cervantes, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde and John Ruskin; myths like Arthur and Excalibur and Orpheus and Eurydice; stories about the lives of personalities like Socrates or Michelangelo; tarot cards and more.

They are lovely drawings, and I also like the bookmark shaped as a ‘Read Me’ label.

Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I hope my friend Anna won’t mind me saying that the cover always reminds me of her…

01
Feb
10

Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon

Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon by R.J. Carter. Illustrated by Lucy Wright.

Telos Publishing Ltd, 2004. First edition softback.

A new adventure for Alice: she travels through her telescope to the moon.

The author says:

Alice’s Journey Beyond The Moon is something I wrote both for children and Carroll scholars alike. Presented as something Carroll might have written during the time of Alice Pleasance Liddell’s engagement to Reginald Hargreaves, with historical footnotes (a la Martin Gardner’s excellent Annotated Alice) added to reflect events in Carroll’s life up to that point.

Available on amazon: Alice’s Journey Beyond the Moon

31
Jan
10

Automated Alice

Automated Alice by Jeff Noon.

Published 1996, Doubleday. First edition hardback. Dust jacket very faded at the top, as you can see from the scan.

In the book, Alice finds herself in 1998 Manchester when she enters an old grandfather clock, and soon becomes the prime suspect in the puzzling “Jigsaw Murders”. The automated Alice of the title is her doll Celia, who grows to life-size and becomes a sort of cyborg.

The jacket notes:

In the last years of his life, the fantasist Charles Dodgson wrote a third Alice book. This mysterious work was never published or shown to anybody. That’s not quite true. Automated Alice was written by Lewis Carroll, Lewis Carroll was the nom de plume of Charles Dodgson. No, that’s not even slighly true either. Automated Alice was written by Zenith O’Clock, the Writer of Wrongs. Oh dear that’s not at all right. This book was written by Jeff Noon. Zenith O’Clock is only a character invented by Jeff Noon. What Alice encounters in the automated future is mostly accidental; mutant hybrids, sinister gameplay, chaos theory, a robo-Alice, quantum physics, computermites, jigsaw killers, tickling vurt feathers, puzzle poems and an invisible cat called Quark.

Noon has said “I really felt Lewis Carroll was looking over my shoulder, correcting things, giving me ideas…Spooky!”




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