If you’re into all things Alice, and cooking as well, you might enjoy reading this write-up about an out-of-print but amusing Alice-themed cookbook.
In addition to eccentric recipes, the book is liberally “peppered” (sorry, I couldn’t resist) with quotes from two of Lewis Carroll’s works: Feeding the Mind, and Hints for Etiquette, or Dining Out Made Easy. Here’s a sample of the seasoned and sage (sorry, this is just too easy) advice:
“To use a fork with your soup, intimating at the same time to your hostess that you are reserving the spoon for beefsteaks, is a practice wholly exploded.”
The venerable Pollock’s Toy Shop in London offers an “Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox” featuring black-and-white images you can cut out and make into your own creative display. Their site also shows a couple of examples of finished projects. To view information and images for the Shadowbox, click me.
Pollock’s also offers a few other Carrollian items for sale. To view all of Pollock’s Alice-related offerings, click me.
One of our West Coast mimsy minions spotted this one: a list of 10 really neat miniature books, including a classic flip-book featuring the Cheshire Cat. To view all of these tiny delights, including a complete set of Shakespeare’s plays, click me.
As reported in the December 2012 issue of the Lewis Carroll Society (UK)’s Bandersnatch, there is a new boutique at 14 Cecil Court in London called Alice Through the Looking Glass. (It’s right next door to well-known Carrollian rare book dealer Marchpane.) The founders of the boutique say they were inspired to start the business when they learned of the recent discovery of some draft designs for an “Alice” chess set by illustrator John Tenniel. They offer a couple of picture of the expensive, limited-edition set on their web site, along with teasing images of other Alice items. Sadly there are no conversations to go along with the pictures, so after visiting their web site, if you don’t happen to be in London, you’ll have to contact them directly for more information about what they actually have for sale! But at least you can see a couple of teasing glimpses of the chess set, if you’re curious. Or curiouser.
To visit their site, click me.
If you’re an avid collector of vintage children’s literature editions, you might be interested in this updated list of the most collectible children’s books, according to Helen Younger of Aleph-Bet Books. As one would expect, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes the list. And note the clever way she handles the issue of the publication date. Disappointingly, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There doesn’t make Younger’s list. And don’t even think about The Hunting of the Snark. So, whether we agree or disagree, it’s interesting to see one bookseller’s list based on 30 years in the rare book business. To read the list, click here. Thanks to one of our mimsy minions for this link.
Keep those blog submissions coming, minions!
Artist Sue Shanahan has added a new Alice-themed post to her child-centric blog, commonplacegrace.com. In it, Sue ponders what might have led Lewis Carroll to pen the Alice books, and also shares an image of a charming Alice paper doll that she created a few years ago as a gift for the attendees at a United Federation of Doll Clubs convention. She also includes a photo of the her niece, who modeled for the image.
You can read the post on Sue’s site, or find it in the Huffington Post’s Arts and Culture section.
Sue is also selling signed prints of the paper doll image for a modest price on her Etsy site. And if there’s a paper doll art collector among you, the original one-of-a-kind artwork is currently still available for sale directly from Ms. Shanahan for US $22.00.
Looking for a new set of wheels? Or a nifty one-of-a-kind piece of Alice art sculpture? Or maybe both? Have a look at these images of artist Valerie Young’s new work. You can click each image to see a larger version. This information was sent along with the pictures:
“Artist Valerie Young writes, “When I first saw the pair of plaster feet sitting on a box at our local flea market I knew immediately that I had found Alice. But what to do with “her” next? I had just finished reading Harrod Blank’s “Wild Cars” so I thought to myself maybe Alice would like a car. As you can see, I still think of Alice as a delightful childhood friend. An old rusted pedal car was next followed by two plastic pink flamingos and the Alice car was off and running–so to speak. Gathering or creating all the iconic items was great fun and soon it became, officially, “Alice, You Can Drive My Car” (apologies to the Beatles).
Valerie Young is a found-object sculptor whose work was recently part of the “Alice: Into the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. Her work has also been shown at the Gallery at Chapin in Lawrence, NJ; the Frank J. Miele Gallery in New York; the Outsider Art Fair in New York; the Bernstein Gallery of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. She was also included in the shows: “Vision and Voice: Folk Art by Woman of the 20th Century” at the Chubb Atrium Gallery, and “Seven New Jersey Sculptors” at the Art Gallery of The College of New Jersey.
To learn more, you can contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Email is the best way to contact me but phone is fine too: 609.466.2394.””
If shopping for Carrollian goodies is your “bag,” then you might want to check out Baba Studio’s web site, if you haven’t already done so. They have quite a selection of Alice-themed bags. To see the results of a search for “Wonderland” on their site, click me.
Baba Studio is also hard at work on a gorgeous-looking new Alice Tarot, for those of you who enjoy prognosticating with the help of a Tarot Deck, or for those of you who simply enjoy collecting unusual Alice items with nifty artwork. You can follow the progress of the deck’s creation on this Facebook page.
Warner Home Video and BBC America have teamed up to release two Alice in Wonderland rarities on DVD. The first is the BBC’s 1986 production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland staring Kate Dorning as Alice, originally broadcast as a weekly series of four 30-minute episodes. The second is the 1973 production of Alice Through the Looking-Glass with Sarah Sutton as Alice. You can be sure you won’t find either of these on your local video streaming service. Both can be purchased from the BBC America Shop and are currently listed at a special “new release price” of $15.98. See below for links.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1986) — on IMDB, on BBC America Shop
Alice Through the Looking-Glass (1973) — on IMDB, on BBC America Shop
Looking for all of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on a single page? Yes, it has been done, and what’s more, you have quite a selection to choose from.
Novel Poster sell this 18 by 26 inch, very-legible print that reveals Alice playing croquet in the negative space ($40).
Postertext make one similar, but with slightly different dimensions—a 20 by 24 inch print with the text split over seven columns reveals Alice talking to the Cheshire Cat ($23.99).
20 x 24″ from Postertext
This action shot from Spineless Classics shows their more detailed poster. It measures 50 by 70 centimeters (about 20 by 28 inches) ($39.99).
Litographs offer several options: the 24 x 36 inch print ($29) includes the full text of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass ($29); the 18 x 24 inch print includes the full text of just Wonderland ($24).
The Litographs prints are the only ones available in color ($29 for the smaller poster, $39 for the larger one). They also make a full-text t-shirt, guaranteed to get you some squinty attention whenever you wear it.
For a greater challenge, you might like to try assembling you own one-page Wonderland with this 672-piece jigsaw puzzle from Spineless Classics ($29.99). In addition to whiling away a winter evening, I’m sure it’s also a fascinating way to get to know the book really well.