Alice's Day at the Bodleian

2 June 2009

poster_smallThe Bodleian Library is putting on a display of treasures relating to Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland as part of Oxford’s Alice’s Day celebrations taking place this weekend.

Items on show include Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Salvador Dali, a printing plate for The Mouse’s Tale from c.1890, kindly lent by the Oxford University Press archive, and the first publication of Alice in Wonderland. This edition, printed by Oxford University Press in 1865 for Macmillan, was withdrawn by Carroll because the book’s illustrator, John Tenniel, found the printing unsatisfactory.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, made from the original sheets supplied with a new title-page.

Various family activities, entertainments and displays are being held across Oxford as part of Alice’s Day, including events in the Botanic Garden, Christ Church College, the Museum of History of Science and the Museum of Natural History.

The Bodleian display is open on Saturday, 4 July between 9am and 4.30pm in the Proscholium. At 1pm, there will also be a storytelling session by Adam Guillain, an Oxford writer and storyteller.

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