So if you can’t exactly afford the genuine 1865 Alice on sale at Christie’s June 16, how about the next best thing, an “authentic First Edition Replica recreated in exquisite detail by expert literary preservationists and publishers Charles Winthrope & Sons … with a FREE gold-embossed dust jacket to protect its heirloom value. Additionally you will receive a FREE exclusive ‘First Edition Collector’s Secrets’ insert filled with information about your book’s original publication and printing, plus stories about the author and the times, complete with photos.” Leaving aside the oxymoronic “authentic replica” and that the distributor, The Bradford Exchange, is most known for Thomas Kinkade, this might be the closest many of us can get to owning an 1865. Click here.
A fine line of “Wash Me Wonderland” soaps is now available on Etsy, with art by Raul Contreras of Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland fame (not to worry, these drawings are completely tame).
“And washing?” said the Mock Turtle.
London bookseller Peter Harrington has a new catalogue “from the library of an English bibliophile,” with a number of extraordinary Carrollian items, including presentations copies (one to John Tenniel!) and previously unknown editions (such as a Symbolic Logic in a dust jacket). They are also at extraordinarily high prices (e.g., £57,500 for an 1866 Alice, £27,500 for an Appleton Alice, £975 for the individual Aunt Judy’s Magazine with “Bruno’s Revenge,” £17,500 for the Snark in dust wrapper, etc.).
On June 16, Christie’s will be offering one of the 23 known surviving copies of the first edition, if you have two or three million dollars to spare. Details and video here.
On March 30, LEGO announced its 18th collection of minifigures, this one featuring “iconic” Disney characters, including Alice and the Cheshire Cat. She’s holding a bottle labelled “Drink Me” and a very small cake. You can get them online from eBay, Walmart, etc. Or if you find one in a store (the Cheshire Cat is prominent on the front), you’ll need the “bump code” aka “blind bag code” or the bar code to figure which one is inside.
In 2014, Litographs took the entirety of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and broke it into 5,000 individually designed temporary tattoos. They then asked 5,000 members of their community to lend a hand (or a forearm, or a shoulder blade) to become a part of the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain, and help recreate this iconic novel on the skin of 5,000 readers. (We blogged about it here.)
They have collected nearly 3,000 photographs for their online gallery, and the goal is to complete the chain on Independent Bookstore Day 2016 with the help of hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide. They are offering free temporary tattoos to any participating bookstore, and giving Bookstore Day customers the chance to participate in this awesome project at no cost.
Now you can sport attractive Carroll-themed socks and help the environment at the same time. These socks come in two colors no less. They have a lot of other styles too, but come on, these are the most important 😉 Get yours at Socksmith.
VitraHaus, the flagship store in Weil am Rhein, Germany, of the high-end (think Eames) Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, commissioned architect/designer India Mahdavi to make an exhibit/playroom on their top floor with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Here are some more pictures.
We love Teefury, and so should you! Get it now, perfect for all those Alice/anime people we know and love.
On their April 6th PRI radio broadcast, guest host Cynthia Nixon introduced readings from two chapters of Wonderland and one from Looking-Glass in a program titled Curiouser and Curiouser. Ari Graynor read “The Pool of Tears;” Sonia Manzano read “The Mock Turtle’s Story;” and Dan Stevens read “Humpty Dumpty.” Click here to experience the hour-long program.