Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
published in 1898
On 4 July 1862 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), accompanied by the three eldest daughters of the Dean of Christ Church, Lorina, Alice and Edith, took a boat trip ‘up the river to Godstow’.
During the trip, the first outlines of the story of Alice’s Adventures under Ground were narrated. Alice urged Dodgson to write out the story for her and that evening, he set out the main headings.
After the death of Charles Dodgson in 1898, Macmillan began to publish different editions of the Alice books. ‘The Sixpenny Series’ appeared in December 1898. This, rather dilapidated, paperback edition features printed advertisements that offer a wonderful ephemeral representation of the time, including an advert for Benger’s Food For Infants, Invalids and The Aged which states “This delicious, highly nutritive, and most easily digested Food, is specially prepared for Infants and for those adults whose digestive powers have been weakened by illness or advancing years.”
In addition, kept safe for many years inside the cover of the book is a clipping from The Times from April 4th 1928 which details the sale of the original Alice in Wonderland manuscript for £15,400, a record for the sale of a book in Britain at the time.
Funding required for restoration: £170.00