Alice's Adventures Underground

Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll.
Facsimile edition first published by Macmillan, 1886.
This edition, published by OneWorld Classics, 2009.

Part two of my Happy Alice Day series!

Earlier today, I showed off a facsimile edition of The Nursery Alice, with a bit of publication history regarding the original Alice story. I mentioned that the original manuscript was entitled Alice's Adventures Underground, and the first illustrator was Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, himself. In 1886, Dodgson and Macmillan published a facsimile edition of the original manuscript, bound in red cloth. The original manuscript remained in the possession of Alice Liddell Hargreaves until 1928, when she sold it at auction. The man who bought it then sold it to Eldridge Johnson, who had a stunning copy reproduced in 1936. Eventually, it sold again before landing at the British Library in 1948. Over the years, other facsimile editions have been printed. I think the Eldridge edition is gorgeous, and I would love to own a copy like that. You can read the full history of the publication of the Lewis Carroll books on The Lewis Carroll Society website.

My copy is a simple reproduction of the original Macmillan facsimile. I find it a bit difficult to read, although it's lovely to look at. Luckily, Project Gutenberg has it online, with the Carroll illustrations but not in Carroll's handwriting.

The British Library, holder of the original manuscript, has digitized that beauty, by the way. There is color! I would love to see it in person one day, but until then, I will admire it here.

Here is a sample of my 2009 facsimile copy.

Please see my post from earlier today for more links to Alice-related goodies!

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The Nursery Alice

The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. Macmillan, 1890.
This edition, Pan Macmillan, 2011.

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. 'What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
          Alice considered a little, and then said 'The fourth.'
'Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. 'I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
                                                                                               - from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865.

July 4 is often referred to "Alice in Wonderland Day." Here in the United States, we're usually too wrapped up in fireworks and parades for Independence Day. On July 4, 1862, Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, is said to have accompanied the young Liddell daughters on a boat trip. It was there, he first told the story of an adventurous young lady named Alice. Alice Liddell urged Dodgson to write down his story. In February of 1863, Dodgson completed his handwritten manuscript. Friends urged him to publish the book, then called Alice's Adventures Underground. He worked on the manuscript, adding his own illustrations, submitting it to publishers in late 1864. John Tenniel was approached to provide new illustrations, and in July 1865, the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published, only to be withdrawn from publication! Tenniel had complained to Dodgson about the print quality of the illustrations. Eventually, some of the rejected copies were donated to children's hospitals. Very few survive today. That November, a new edition hit shops, and Alice became a hit. You can read the full story at The Lewis Carroll Society.

So 2015 is the sesquicentennial of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! And the first book birthday is this very month!

In 1890, Charles Dodgson published the first official retelling of his famous book. The Nursery Alice was a simplified version for younger children. Once again, John Tenniel's illustrations were used, but this time, color was added. (Alice's dress, by the way, is yellow.) E. Gertrude Thompson designed the original cover for the first Macmillan edition. Pan Macmillan published a beautiful facsimile copy this year.

Unfortunately, my copy is an earlier facsimile edition from 2011. Instead of the original cover, one of Tenniel's illustrations is used. It's still an attractive copy, although I love the decorative type on the original.

I have more Alice-related goodies to share with you today, so please check back at some point!

Until then, I must recommend Pan Macmillan's Alice in Wonderland 150 website to you. It is gorgeously designed, with so many Alice goodies. Of course, if you haven't figured out by my blog's name, I am a huge Alice fan, and have posted about her from time to time. Here you can find all the Alice or Alice-related posts, including pictures from Big Sis's fifth birthday party, old films based on the books, and my "Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!" post from 2013, complete with an Alice book round-up.

At some point, I may post a new round-up. I need to do one about favorite abridgments and adaptations, and as far as my original "complete book" round-up, I certainly need to add this new beauty from Pan Macmillan. Until later...

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I Want to Be a Pilot (Little Sis Tuesday)

It's time for Little Sis Tuesday, when my 7-year-old takes over the blog! FYI, "Nani" = my mother/her grandmother. All photos were taken by me this time, but edited to her specifications. Links were added by me. - Danzel

Hello! My Nani cut my hair, and now everyone says I look like Amelia Earhart. And that's why this post is about Amelia.

She's my very favorite pilot. I've seen the house where she was born, and her red plane that's at the Air & Space Museum. I was Amelia for Halloween and I like to read books about her, and I got to be Amelia in my school play. I have an Amelia doll and a Bessie Coleman doll, and I want to find all the dolls that are pilots. I think I saw a pilot Barbie at an antique store once.

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American pilot, and she was a woman. She flew even before Amelia did.

This is me, and this is part of my Halloween costume. I have a jacket, too, but it was too hot.

My mommy took the pictures for me. I hope to go back to the Amelia Earhart Festival this year, because it was so much fun.

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that Amelia Earhart is this girl's hero. Click here to see all the blog posts featuring Ms. Earhart and other female pilots. I also have a pinboard called "Amelia Earhart and Women Who Fly."- Danzel

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Oklahoma Overnighter

This is why I didn't post anything Thursday or Friday. I had nothing banked, scheduled to run, so the blog was quiet. The girls and I went to Oklahoma, to visit my mother.

Just before we hit Oklahoma City, though, we turned east. We had soda to buy and a barn to see.

We stopped at POPS Route 66 to buy weird and wonderful (and no-so-wonderful) bottles of pop. I'm not a big soda fan. All the Coca-Cola I consumed in college led to health problems, and I seldom drink it now. The girls have been raised with the idea that soda is a special occasion drink. POPS sells so many kinds of sodas, and it's on Route 66, the "Mother Road," and I'm very fond of all things Route 66-related. Therefore, I consider this a special occasion! I got Mr. B a simple bottle of Dublin Dr. Pepper, made with real sugar. I got a couple of diet sodas (one root beer, one chocolate) for myself, althoughboth were disappointing. They no longer sold the soda my brother requested, so we bought him a bottle of Moxie Cola, because I liked the name. Big Sis picked out a Rocket Fizz Shirley Temple.

Little Sis picked out Bacon Soda, to go with the bacon lollipop she found. She says the lollipop was delicious. The soda tasted as good as it sounded, which is to say, BAD. Big Sis and my brother agreed, it was terrible stuff.

Then we headed down the road to the famous Arcadia Round Barn.  (Ever seen the movie Elizabethtown? I didn't like it very much, but this is the barn Orlando Bloom passes in the road trip scene, after visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial.)

I've stopped by the barn before, but only after hours. This time, we intended to go inside.

I drove around to the parking lot behind the barn. On the way, Big Sis spotted a giant Nutcracker in the window of this shop. A picture had to be taken.

The barn is such a beauty. The last time we were here, there was a wedding reception taking place.

Up the stairs...

The first floor is a big gift shop.

After our visit to Arcadia, we continued east on Route 66 to I-177, then headed to my mother's house in Shawnee.

We listened to Michael York reading the audiobook of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was excellent! I highly recommend it.

Big Sis took a whole series of pictures of her shoes, with my phone. I don't know why. I think she's proud of her Chucks.

 I hadn't seen my mother in over a year. She's only three hours away, but she has had health issues lately. We have made plans multiple times to visit, only to be sidelined by illness, car troubles, or bad weather.

This time, we made it. We were able to hang out with my ma, aunt, and brother, eating Chinese food and playing video games.

They live out in the woods. My brother rescued a turtle crossing the street, and later, helped the girls catch a frog. Big Sis wanted to keep it. (We didn't.)  This is summer in the country, y'all!

We had a relaxing Friday morning. My mother cut our hair - Little Sis will have more to say about that tomorrow - and we visited my grandpa in the nursing home. Then we grabbed a Mazzio's pizza to go, and headed home to Wichita.

We did take a side trip to Guthrie, because I've never actually been there. It's a beautiful town, and I saw lots of stuff I want to explore later.

Back to I-35. Time to go home.

This is how we know we're getting closer to Kansas:

It was a lovely trip, despite its brevity. We made it home in time to join the As You Like It cast party, then spent the weekend attending dance concerts, plays, and in Little Sis's case, a sleepover.

The summering continues...

I assume from the quiet out in Blogland that everyone is either very busy, or very lazy. I hope you are enjoying your summer (or winter, if anyone in the southern hemisphere is reading this).

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