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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!

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.


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


Alice in Wonderland exhibition in Moscow

Until March 1st you can visit an exhibition in Moscow (Russia) that is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Alice in Wonderland story. You can see several ‘illusion rooms’, illustrations that were produced for the book through the years, and a stained-glass window dedicated to Lewis Carroll.

Moscow was one of the cities Lewis Carroll visited during his only trip abroad. He went to the library in the mansion Chertkov on Myasnitskaya Street. Now, an exhibition dedicated to his book is opened at this museum.


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Alice in a World of Wonderlands conference videos

In October last year, there was a big conference in New York, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” story. Part of the conference was about the worldwide translations of the book.

Missed it? This part of the conference is now online available on video!

Go here to view the “Alice in a World of Wonderlands” conference videos: https://vimeo.com/album/3664885

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Alice in Wonderland exhibition in the British Library

To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the British Library in London is holding an exhibition about Lewis Carroll’s story, to explore how Alice has captured our imaginations for so many years.

The exhibition displays Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others. You can also see newly commissioned articles, a selection of manuscripts, reviews and literature relating to Alice in Wonderland, that show how the story has been re-imagined, re-interpreted and re-illustrated over the last 150 years.

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