Among my other interests documented on my website, I decided to dedicate a section to my fascination with all this Alice-related. "Alice" as in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other things Lewis Carroll-ian.
I started collecting things related to Wonderland back in 1996, and since then have accumulated a few things (most of which are kept in the guest bedroom of my house -- known as the 'Alice Room' appropriately enough). By no means would I think I have the largest collection of such items, nor even the 'best' (by whatever metric one could use), but the collection is just a fascination which keeps my eyes wide for new additions.
And concerning 'additions'... er, I mean, 'editions', I'm not one who is obsessively tracking down first printings and such of Carroll's works. While I do have a few different editions of some of his writings, none is particularly valuable. Generally, though, if I see an old copy at a used bookstore which is cheap, I don't mind dropping a few bucks for a tattered copy of Looking Glass or such.
What really intrigues me is collecting non-book items which have Alice as their obvious inspiration. Carroll's characters have become quite pervasive in pop culture, and I love to collect such references. Many of the items are easily available to anyone, but some are harder to find, and some are, in fact, unique since they are of my own making (for example, check out my Alice Themed Puzzle Party.
To that end I list below various things that I have hoarded since the year of nineteen hundred ninety-six (this list also has a practical motivation: if anyone is ever inclined to obtain anything Alice-related for me -- perennial Christmas and birthday gifts they do make -- this list will show you what not to get me).
- Books, Magazines, and Other Paginated Material
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. The World Publishing Company, 1946. Hardcover.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Random House, 1946. Hardcover.
- Alice in Wonderland. The Moderm Library (Random House). Three stories included: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark. Hardcover.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick Press, 1999, 2001, Hardcover.
- Alice In Wonderland. Hurst & Company, Publishers. New York. Undated.
- Alice in Wonderland. The Weekly Reader Classics. 1983.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. Bantam Classic, 1981. Paperback.
- Alice in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass. Illustrated by Kathy Mitchell. Western Publishing Company, 1986.
- Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition. W.W. Norton & Company. November 1999.
- The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, A Wonderland of Stories, Nonsense and Wit. Penguin Books, 1988. Paperback.
- The Humorous Verse of Lewis Carroll. Dover Publications, 1960. Paperback.
- Lewis Carroll's Games and Puzzles. Dover Publications, 1992. Paperback.
- Rediscovered Lewis Carroll Puzzles. Dover Publications, 1995. Paperback.
- The Wasp In A Wig. A "suppressed" Episode of Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There. 1977.
- ALICE IN WONDERLAND. A Giant Fairy Story. Printedin Finland.1967 reprint of 1933 Ottenheimer Publishers.
- Alice Through The Needle's Eye, by Gilbert Adair. Macmillian Publishers Limited, 1984. While some people might think it heresy for another author to try to copy Carroll's style, I still found the book worth collecting ('works inspired by Carroll' and all that).
- Games magazine. April, 2000. Cover: 'Curiouser and Curiouser', an Alice themed puzzle.
- Life magazine. April 28, 1947. Cover: 'Alice in Wonderland', photograph of Alice with Humpty-Dumpty.
- Activity/Coloring books
- Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules: EX1 and EX2 -- based on Carroll's Wonderland. TSR.
- "It's a Mad Hatter's Party," Victoria magazine. February 2001. Recipes with a Wonderland theme.
- "Through the looking glass," Marin Independent Journal. Tuesday, August 6, 2002; by Anthony Epidendio. Article about Carroll photograph exhibit at SFMOMA.
- "'Alice' heir puts literary wonders on auction block," Baltimore Sun. Wednesday, June 6, 2001; by Bill Glauber.
- Videotapes and DVDs
- My Own Creations
- Other Things
- Alice in Wonderland note cards. Shelburne Museum ** The Metroplitan Museum Of Art. 12 die-cut note cards, 12 envelopes.
- Alice in Wonderland Deck and Book Set. 1996, U.S. Games, Inc.
- Wonderland Tarot Deck. 1999, U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
- The Crazy Alice in Wonderland Game. Price Stern Sloane. A game of nine puzzle cards that need to be arranged in a particular order.
- American McGee's Alice. Computer game. Electronic Arts, 2000. I have various promotional cards for this game as well (including one in Japanese).
- Arthur Rackham artwork from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 1907: 'Flying Cards,' 'Advice From A Caterpillar,' and 'But Who Has Won.'
- Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland movie poster facsimile.
- Garden Statues: Alice and the White Rabbit.
- Chess Pieces
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland jigsaw puzzle. 500 pieces. Illustrator: Rodney Matthews.
- Wonderland jigsaw puzzle. 300 pieces. Illustartor: Bill Blass.
- Picture Frame
- Posters/Prints: 1, 2, 3.
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