Call for help: listing all English language editions

Last year, we created a reference work that lists all translations of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” all over the world: “Alice in a World of Wonderlands“. Now we embark on another project: listing all English language editions that were ever published, all over the world. And we need your help!

Do you know of any English language editions of these books?

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there
  • Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
  • Nursery Alice

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Movie review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

After the succes of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” movie, it was just a matter of Time before Disney produced a sequel: “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. This time, it was directed by James Bobin. I went to see it yesterday and… I was disappointed.

First of all, let me say that I didn’t enjoy the first “Alice in Wonderland” movie either. But because I didn’t want to be a prejudiced sour puss, I kept that in mind when I entered the cinema. I figured that, if I would anticipate a similar movie, just with a different story, I would be able to judge it for what it was.

However, the movie still managed to disappoint. It is not just that I am too much of a die-hard Carroll fan to appreciate this kind of movie; my non-Alice loving friends who joined me, were also disappointed because of the lack of a proper story.

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Rare books for sale

Peter Harrington, a bookseller in London, recently published their new catalogue, containing lots of rare books by Lewis Carroll / Charles Dodgson. They are definitely not cheap, but if you’re interested, have a look before they are sold!

nursery-alice-coverThe catalogue includes amongst others editions of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there”, “The Nursery Alice” and facsimiles of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”.

There are English language editions, but also translations (like Nabokov’s Russian translation). Many are first or second editions, some are presentation copies.

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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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