First edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for auction

Always wanted to own a first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Then it’s time to win the lottery, because on 16 June, a first edition will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York!

The book is one of the only 23 surviving copies, of which all but five are in public institutions. This specific copy was given by Lewis Carroll to George William Kitchin, a colleague of Carroll’s at Christ Church. Kitchin later gave the book to his daughter Alexandra (‘Xie’) Rhoda Kitchin, who was one of Carroll’s favourite photographic models.

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Happy birthday, Alice!

Today would have been the 164th birthday of Alice Liddell, the real girl where ‘Alice’ from Alice in Wonderland was based on. Also, May 4th is the day the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” took place!

Alice LiddellAlice Liddell was born on 4 May 1852. She died on 15 November 1934, aged 82.

That Lewis Carroll, the author of the book, had the story take place on Alice’s actual birthday, is never explicitly mentioned in the book. However, we can derive the date from Alice’s remarks in chapters 6 and 7:

`the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad–at least not so mad as it was in March.’

`What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.’

 

Read more about the real Alice and other hidden references in the ‘Alice’ stories!

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat

“Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat” is a story written by Joseph W. Svec III, in which Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson are hired to save Wonderland and its inhabitants from disappearing.

Book coverThe story

The book pretends to be a manuscript found in the belongings of dr. Watson, being one of his records of Sherlock Holmes’ cases, dating 1898 .

It describes from Watson’s point of view how the Cheshire Cat, Hatter, and White Rabbit are visiting Sherlock Holmes because there is trouble in Wonderland: Alice and several other Wonderland inhabitants are missing. Not only that, but parts of Wonderland itself are disappearing. They beg Holmes to help put a stop to this and bring everyone back.

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Memorabilia exhibition of Disney’s 1951 ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie

If you are fond of Disney’s 1951 cartoon movie, visit this exhibition in Baltimore (USA)! Collector Matt Crandall shows his extensive collection of Alice in Wonderland movie memorabilia in Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.

The exhibit contains over 200 items, like original pre-production and production art including cels, drawings, and paintings, but also movie posters, books, magazines, toys, games, dolls, ceramic figures, advertising, and photographs.

Details:

  • Open from April 2 through October 2, 2016
  • Location: Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (www.geppismuseum.com); 301 W Camden St., Baltimore

 

World Book Day costume ideas

If you’re from the UK or Ireland, you’ll be celebrating World Book Day on the 3rd of March. And what’s more fun than dressing up as your favorite character from the Alice in Wonderland books that day?? Use my site for costume inspiration, or buy your costumes from my webshop.

In the Resources section of this site, you can find a useful list of Alice in Wonderland costume ideas.

Costumes (both for children and adults) can be found the the shop. If you rather sew them yourself, I also have several sewing patterns available.

I have selected some interesting costumes that are perfect for World Book Day below:

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