8 June 2009
For one day only, the Bodleian Library is putting on display a selection of items from its collections relating to Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The event is part of Oxford’s Alice’s Day celebrations taking place citywide this Saturday, 10 July.
Items on show include twelve Alice in Wonderland illustrations with original woodcuts and an original etching by Salvador Dali dating 1969. Also on display will be a printing plate for The Mouse’s Tale, a poem by Caroll, from c.1890, kindly lent by the Oxford University Press archive and a selection of earliest editions of Alice in Wonderland.
The display includes a first edition printed by Oxford University Press in 1865 which was withdrawn by Carroll because the book’s illustrator, John Tenniel, found the printing unsatisfactory. Other early editions of the work will also be on display including the first American publication from 1866.
Various family activities, entertainments and displays are being held across Oxford as part of 'Alice’s Day', including events in the Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Garden, Christ Church, Museum of History of Science and the Museum of Natural History.
The Bodleian Alice display is open on Saturday, 10 July between 10am and 5pm in the Proscholium. At 1.15pm, Alice and the White Rabbit from the Curious Company performance group will make an appearance in the Old Schools Quadrangle of the Bodleian Library.