picture the scene…
It all began on a warm July evening
when mathematician and Oxford University lecturer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (best known for his pen name, Lewis Carroll) embarked on a rowing trip along the river Thames with his friend Robinson Duckworth and the three daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of Oxford’s Christ Church:Edith, Lorina, and Alice.
It was on this trip, beneath a sunny sky, when Dodgson dreamed up his tale of a curious girl named Alice who tumbles through a rabbit hole and emerges in a strange and wonderful land. A gifted storyteller, Dodgson’s tale captured the imaginations of his young passengers – so much so that the real Alice implored him to commit it to paper.
Dodgson was happy to oblige, and spent the next two years crafting a 90-page, hand-written book complete with an expanded story and 37 illustrations. In November 1864, he presented it to Alice under the title Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, with an inscription reading “A Christmas gift to a dear child, in memory of a Summer day”.
a reproduction like no other
We had one goal in mind when creating this reproduction. To make our edition look as if Lewis Carroll had just handed it to little Alice Liddell all those years ago. As if it was just written.
Working under licence from The British Library, we were privileged to work from full high resolution photographs of the real book. We even visited it in person to make sure we got the look and feel of the book just right. Every letter of our edition received special care, every line careful inspection. We want you to experience the beauty and simplicity of Carroll’s creation.
Because we didn’t want to add anything to our reproduction, leaving it as authentic as possible. Your edition includes a little companion booklet. That fully describes the history and story of how Alice came to be. And we even tackle that question. The only addition, is a single page.
We had to put the legals in there. 🙂
White Cotton Gloves
Every edition comes with a pair of white cotton gloves. Because honestly, how else would you want to read Alice’s Adventure?
Introducing Our Reproduction
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground – 150th Anniversary Edition