Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – O

OO is for Oldest Book on my Shelf

I don’t seem to have saved many books from my childhood at all; probably because we moved around quite a bit as my Dad was in the services. But I did manage to save this copy of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll which was a 9th birthday present from my Gran in 1983.

It was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in May 1980 and includes illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. There is a publisher’s note at the start of the book with regards to the colouring of these illustrations and the mystery of which artist actually coloured them – how mysterious! There’s also a note to say if anyone can identify the artist to get in touch; I wonder if they ever did find out….

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Alice in Wonderland

I was impressed with the multi-coloured edges with the top being dusky pink/red and the others are cream. It’s still in good condition, the jacket is a little scuffed and the pages are a little yellowed but all in all I think its faired well.

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”

This book is filled with a lot of nonsense but also full of Lewis Carroll’s philosophy on the world. I suspect his words would make more sense reading it as an adult than as a 9-year-old who just loved it for the story!

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

Tell me…what’s the oldest book on your shelf?

atoz [2015] - BANNER - 910


  1. April 17, 2015 / 11:14 am

    What a beautiful book! I desperately want to read the original Alice in Wonderland! The oldest books on my shelf are a collection of Disney/fairy-tale short stories that were my mum’s when she was a child! I loved them so much, I had to keep them 🙂 xx

    • April 22, 2015 / 10:32 am

      Yes, do keep them! What a family treasure 🙂

  2. heatherjacksonwrites
    April 17, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    The oldest book on my shelf… when I was a kid it was Black Beauty, but I’ve since misplaced it. Now it is my Anne of Green Gables series, read so many times the paperbacks barely fit into the cardboard collector box.

Your Thoughts...