To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and with the generous permission of the British Library, we present to you two exquisite reproductions of the original manuscript “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” a priceless treasure for the young and the young at heart.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most cherished children’s stories of all time. It has also become one of the most significant and influential novels in history. Generations of us have grown up with the surreal world down the rabbit hole filled with whimsical characters like the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, The White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. However did you know the first version of the story didn’t even have a tea party? This famous story exists in an earlier version, one produced slowly but surely by hand, over two years as a Christmas gift for a little girl named Alice Liddell.
This magnificent manuscript is an insightful journey into the origins of this enchanting tale. With 37 illustrations by Lewis Carroll’s own hand, it is a remarkable look into his imagination and artistic talent. Not long after his friends had read this little book, they convinced him it must be published. The story was expanded, edited, and illustrated by a professional artist Sir John Tenniel, and released 150 years ago as the story we all know “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Presented to you are two exquisite editions painstakingly recreated to look the way the book did when Alice received it; this once in a lifetime event is your chance to take home a piece of literary history and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Both editions are rare collector’s items, destined to become even more valuable over the years… if you can ever bear to part with them.
The original manuscript is still housed at the British Library and is fully available online to read completely for free here!