Thanks to a generous donation by Professor Maria Nikolajeva, we now have over 150 versions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the Children’s Literature Collection. Many of these are foreign language editions, including Russian, Spanish, Croatian and Hebrew, as well as over 50 different English editions. The selection of covers above shows just a little of the range of languages and illustration styles on display in the collection.
We have decided that some of the older and more valuable books in the collection would be best housed in the rare books collection. You can see a selection of these in the photo on the right. Any items which are in the rare books collection will be marked with a location of ‘Stack (Ask at desk)’ in the catalogue. Just speak to a member of staff and we will be happy to get them out to show you. All of the rare books are for reference use only.
The donation also included a number of Alice in Wonderland related artefacts including games, music, and postcards, and we are still working on getting these catalogued.
You can find all of the borrowable books from this donation on the 2nd floor at shelf mark 823 CAR/NIK. We are sure that this will be a very useful collection for Children’s Literature researchers, particularly for those studying illustration or translations.