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!”
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?