For those of you who love David Delamare’s artwork (like us), The Porcelain Garden site has a series of lithophanes featuring some of his Alice artwork (amongst others). Perfect nightlight for your Alice collection room! While the site does not have a specific section devoted to his items, the four sections with Alice items are here: 1, 2, 3, 4
Every fall asleep on your book? Well now you can do it and not worry about getting ink on your face. ThinkGeek has released a series of classic books as pillows, and of course Alice is one of them. Get one for yourself!
Attention shoppers–and especially tea set lovers! One of our mimsy minions has just alerted us to this elegant new porcelain tea set from Vista Alegre of Portugal. Illustrator (and now tea set decorator!) Teresa Lima won the National Illustration Prize for her Alice no País das Maravilhas (Livraria Civilização Editora, 1998).
For those of you who must have every Alice tea pot out there–you know what to do. And this set also includes a nifty Cheshire Cat cake plate, among other treats.
To view the collection, click me.
If you’re a fan of Alice-themed jewelry, then this news from one of our mimsy minions should tickle you. An enterprising vendor called Out of Print is now offering a clever necklace depicting Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole in pursuit of the White Rabbit. It’s available on ModCloth.com.
Note: the site states that for every Out of Print item purchased, Out of Print donates a book to a needy community, which is a nice perk. This vendor specializes in literary products, and also carries some Alice-themed clothing items, and an iPhone case. So you may well find a suitable treat for yourself or a loved one, and do a little good for someone else at the same time.
To see more about the necklace, click me.
To see all of Out of Print’s products, click me.
From one of our mimsiest minions comes word of this unique item. Celebriducks is a company that produces “rubber duck” toy versions of famous figures and characters. I don’t know why. They just do. And the range of their line is quite extensive, so it was perhaps inevitable that our Alice would eventually be “duckified”! Interestingly, she seems to be wearing a pink dress, which is refreshing. In a nice touch, they’ve included the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat, as well.
For more information, or to purchase this unusual item, click me.
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!