Alice in Wonderland Collection

The Alice in Wonderland Collection is a non-circulating exhibit collection that consists of special editions of Alice in Wonderland. Many different illustrators have been collected including: Tony Ross, Barry Moser, Abelardo Morell, Helen Oxenbury, John Rocco, Angel Dominguez, S. Michelle Wiggins, Anthony Browne, Peter Weevers, Mervyn Peake, Tove Jansson, and more. An effort has been made to collect Alice in a large array of languages, however most of these books have been added to the circulating collection to allow patrons to read the story in their native language. Books about the book itself and its author Lewis Carroll, have been collected as well. Other specialty Alice books can also be found in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center on the sixth floor of the Main Library.

Recently we have purchased a number of old editions of Alice books. While they are not yet cataloged, we did want to mention some of our new treasures. The most notable is the edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published by Heinemann and Doubleday Page in 1907. This 1st edition contains 13 tissue-covered full color plates. The most curious is one written in GREGG Shorthand, a first edition circa 1915, published by the Gregg publishing company. The plates are by Georgie Gregg. Another notable addition is Boys and Girls of Bookland, an anthology published by David McKay Co. of Philadelphia in 1923. It includes an excerpt from Alice and features her in its cover illustration by Jessie Wilcox Smith. And last, but not least, is an edition illustrated by Bessie Pease Gutmann and published by Dodge Publishing Company in 1907, which features full color plates as well as unique border illustrations in a striking pale blue.

Effie Lee Morris
Effie Lee Morris


Examples of items in our Alice Collection:

The Story of Alice in Her Oxford Wonderland

Bjork, Christina & Inga-Karin Eriksson

R & S Books, c1994.

Short stories are interspersed with factual accounts of the remarkable friendship between Charles Dodson (better known as Lewis Carroll) and young Alice Liddell (the girl who inspired the famous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). Information about the daily lives of Victorian children, assorted photographs of Alice and other children taken by Dodson, miscellaneous photos, and reproductions of letters are included.


The Original Alice

Brown, Sally

The British Library, c1997

Charles Lutwidge Dodson, better known as Lewis Carroll, first told "The Story of Alice's Adventures Underground" to the three young Liddell sisters at a picnic in July of 1862. He personally wrote out the story, adding illustrations, and presented the 90-page until 1865 that an expanded version of the story appeared in book form, with the immortal illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. The Original Alice tells the story of Dodson's friendship with Alice Liddell and the various stages the manuscript, went through before it was published as Alice's Adventures Underground. Included are facsimiles of Dodson's diary entries, the original manuscript and assorted photographs of Alice taken by the author.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Carroll, Lewis

illustrated by Abelardo Morell; Dutton, c1998.

New editions of this perennial favorite continue to be published sometimes as many as one a year. Dozens of accomplished artists have been intrigued by Carroll's fantasy world and have depicted it in a variety of styles. In this edition Morell incorporates cutouts of the familiar Tenniel images in shadowy photographs, bringing a surreal element to the children's classic. Lewis Carroll, himself an enthusiastic photographer, might well have enjoyed these unusual views of his imaginary "Wonderland."


The Illustrators of Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking glass

edited by Graham Ovenden; with an introduction by John Davis

London, Academy Editions; St. Martin's Press, 1972 (741.7 Ov2i)

Contains a bibliography of illustrated English language editions and a selected bibliography of works on Carroll.


Alice in Orchestralia

La Prade, Ernest

foreword by Walter Damrosch; illustrated by Carroll C. Snell. 1925, La Prade, Ernest, 1889-1969. (j781.6 LaPr)

Written in imitation of Alice in Wonderland to get young adults interested in music. A delightful story which begins when Alice is taken to her first symphony concert.


Examples of Alice Books in the Special Collections Center:

Alice in Wonderland and, Through the looking-glass

Carroll, Lewis

Andrew Dakers, [191-?] (SCOWAH)


Alice's adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll, Lewis

illustrations by George A. Walker; with an introduction by Joseph A. Brabant; Cheshire Cat Press, 1988 (GRABHORN)

George Walker created and printed the frontispiece on Masa Dosa hand made paper, in black, and hand painted the colours .. The types used are handset Century Schoolbook, roman & italic, for the text, and Hadriano & Hadriano Stone-Cut for the headings. Limited ed. of 177 numbered copies, signed by the artist. Library's copy is no. 102, with penciled notation: Special binding by the artist, 1998. Quarter bound in red leather with gold stamping; hand-made paper boards with relief decoration; signed George Walker. In matching clamshell box.


Lewis Carroll's Alice's adventures in Wonderland

Carroll, Lewis

illustrated by Barry Moser; preface and notes by James R. Kincaid; Pennyroyal, 1982 (GRABHORN)

Designed and strikingly illustrated with wood engravings in black & white by BARRY MOSER plus endpapers, decorations and shoulder notes in colors.