Alice's Adventures under Ground
A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child in Memory of a Summer Day
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- ISBN: 0904351114
- Deluxe edition: 500 copies
Contributors: Philip Dodgson Jaques, Prof Morton N Cohen
Paper: Fine, antique laid paper
Binding: Full green Morocco leather
The British Library
On that afternoon, Lewis Carroll — the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford — and a fellow don the Rev. Robinson Duckworth, took three little girls on a boating trip. The girls were the daughters of another friend, Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church.
Though Lewis Carroll was a shy, retiring man, he was always at ease in the company of children; and, relaxed, he would exercise his remarkably inventive imagination for their entertainment. On this occasion, as the small party drifted along the Isis, he began to weave a story around one of his young guests: ten-year-old Alice Liddell. Inventing the plot as he went along, Carroll imparted to his captive audience the story of Alice and The White Rabbit.
Two years later, Alice Liddell received as a Christmas present from Lewis Carroll a morocco-bound book: ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDER GROUND. This manuscript, considered by most experts to be the second version of that story begun on a summer's day on the river, was beautifully handwritten and illustrated by Carroll himself.