1865 title page.
On World Book Day, visitors to the National Library of Scotland
can view the earliest editions of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's
adventures in Wonderland'. This small display includes the rarest
and most sought-after version of the famous book.
Visitors can see the first edition of 'Alice' from 1865, open at the title page. This first issue was withdrawn from publication after the illustrator, John Tenniel, complained about the quality of the printed illustrations.
Recipients of presentation copies were asked to return them, and only a few bound copies have survived. The Library's copy has the added attraction of being in its original red cloth binding, which is particularly rare.
Also on display are two copies of the 1866 second edition of
'Alice'. This was the first edition sold to the public. The books
will be open to show two of John Tenniel's most famous
illustrations: Alice meeting the Cheshire cat and Alice at the
Hatter's mad tea-party.
Visit the Library's Boardroom on 5 March between 16.30 and 18.30 to view these rare and fascinating works.
A selection of early editions featured in our 'Alice' treasures display in 2011.
Read more in the World Book Day media release.
2 March 2015