Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alice's Adventures Underground by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was born on a boating expedition on the River Thames, as the Reverend C.L. Dodgson, a close family friend of the Liddell family, made up a story to tell the three young Liddell girls in order to pass the time. The girls were enchanted by it, and asked Dodgson to write it down for them. He did eventually, calling it Alice's Adventures Underground and taking the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, and presented it to Alice as a Christmas gift.

This is an incredible facsimile edition of the original handwritten 1864 manuscript. In addition to the elaborate handwritten text, there are 37 illustrations scattered throughout the book.

Alice's Adventures Underground was eventually expanded to nearly twice its length and published as the book we know today, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, though many of the most famous elements are present in this version.

The book's namesake, Alice Liddell, pictured on the last page.

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