Bodleian Library

see what we’ve done for the ancient institution of the Bodleian Library which first opened to scholars in 1602

For one day only in 2010  the Bodleian Library put on display a selection of items from its collections relating to Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

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The event was part of Oxford’s Alice’s Day celebrations. Items on show include twelve Alice in Wonderland illustrations with original woodcuts and an original etching by Salvador Dali dating 1969. Also on display will be a printing plate for The Mouse’s Tale, a poem by Caroll, from c.1890, kindly lent by the Oxford University Press archive and a selection of earliest editions of Alice in Wonderland.selection of items from its collections relating to Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

poster_emailThe display included a first edition printed by Oxford University Press in 1865 which was withdrawn by Carroll because the book’s illustrator, John Tenniel, found the printing unsatisfactory. Other early editions of the work were also on display including the first American publication from 1866.
Other events were also held in the Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Garden, Christ Church, Museum of History of Science and the Museum of Natural History.