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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: 150th anniversary 


The original Alice, by John Tenniel,The 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is being celebrated on 4 July 2015 with events and special publications around the world.

Originally published in 1865 in a small print run, Carroll's Alice was a runaway success and made its shy author a reluctant celebrity in Victorian England.

In the decades since, Alice has never been out of print and has spawned thousands of new editions by hundreds of illustrators, as well as countless books, essays, films, plays and parodies.

Auckland Libraries holds a number of rare editions of Carroll's Alice stories, including a first edition of the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass (and What Alice Found There).  

Check out our slideshow of images from these rare and beautiful volumes, all of which are held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.

  • A range of Alice books will be on display in the Sir George Grey Special Collections reading room on Level 2 of Central City Library from Monday 6 July.
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