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Under licence from the British Library, one of the most beloved stories in the history of literature will be brought back to life!
Under licence from the British Library, one of the most beloved stories in the history of literature will be brought back to life!
1,081 backers pledged AU$ 109,875 to help bring this project to life.

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Under licence from the British Library, one of the most beloved stories in the history of literature will be brought back to life!

150th Anniversary Edition - Alice's Adventures Under Ground

AU$ 109,875

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** First Stretch Goal REACHED - White Cotton Gloves For All! 
** 2nd Stretch Goal REACHED - The Companion Booklet
** 3rd Stretch Goal - We're Doing it Anyway!! - Mad Tea Party Launch!

** First tier Limited Editions SOLD OUT - Second tier open!

--Both editions now come with a Certificate of Authenticity--

In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and with the generous permission of the British Library we present to you two exquisite reproductions of the original story "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," a priceless treasure for any one young and old. Thanks to you! This is now Happening!!

The tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most cherished children's stories of all time. Generations of us have grown up with the surreal world down the rabbit hole filled with whimsical characters like the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle and the Cheshire Cat. However, did you know the first version of the story didn't even have a tea party? This famous story exists in an earlier version, one produced painstakingly by hand, over two years as a Christmas gift for a little girl named Alice Liddell.

The First Page
The First Page

This remarkable manuscript is an insightful journey into the origins of this enchanting tale. With 37 illustrations by Lewis Carroll's own hand, this is a remarkable look into his imagination and artistic talent. Not long after his friends had read this little book, they convinced him it must be published. The story was expanded, edited, and illustrated by a professional artist John Tenniel, and released 150 years ago as the story we all know "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." 

Using the only the highest quality imagery available from the British Library we present to you 2 exquisite editions made to look the way the book did when Alice received it; so help make this project possible, take home a piece of literary history and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

Premium Edition

Recapturing Lewis Carroll's beautiful handwriting and illustrations in remastered colour on beautiful Mowawk cream paper and section bound in black bonded leather, this edition is a must have for all Alice fans everywhere. Dedicated to a child in memory of a Summer's day this book is a fantastic gift idea for anybody who loves Alice in Wonderland, or literary history. Be quick and don't miss out on this once in a lifetime chance.

Note: This edition will only be in print in 2015 - afterwards it will never be re-published again - Don't Miss Out!!!

Specification

  • 200x134mm 
  • Section bound
  • Machine bound in bonded leather
  • Printed on quality cream 118gsm Mohawk paper
  • Gold foil embossed title
  • 100% made in Australia
  • Comes with numbered "Certificate of Authenticity."
  • Now Includes 1 Pair of White Cotton Gloves.
  • First 5,000 Guaranteed by Christmas! Be quick and secure your copy. If we go above this figure - follow us for updates!

Limited Edition

Strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide this version is the ultimate piece of Alice memorabilia. Worthy of Lewis Carroll himself, made with features common to his time, and fit to become an heirloom. This hand bound edition in genuine leather is the closest thing to the original available today. 

**If you pledged for the Limited Edition & you want a Premium Edition too - Simply raise your pledge amount by $45.00 (AUD) and it will be included! 

 Specification

  • 200x134mm
  • Section bound
  • Hand Bound
  • Bound in genuine leather
  • Printed on high quality felt textured cream 188gsm Mohawk paper
  • Gold foil embossed title
  • Presented in hand made box
  • Box with gold foil embossed title
  • Hand numbered with gold ink eg. 34 of 1000
  • Comes with matching numbered "Certificate of Authenticity"
  • Now Includes 1 Pair of White Cotton Gloves.
  • 100% made in Australia
  • Due to the nature of Hand bound books, these will be delivered in the order you secure a copy, only the first 100 will be guaranteed before Christmas, although we will endeavor to deliver more before the end of the year, hand made products take time. But they last generations. So be quick and secure a copy now!
**If you pledged for the Limited Edition & you want a Premium Edition too - Simply raise your pledge amount by $45.00 (AUD) and it will be included!

About the Licence from the British Library

The British Library have generously granted us a licence to reproduce Alice's Adventures Under Ground. Sale of this book will go to support the British Library. They have been more than helpful in the design phase of this project providing us with unparalleled insight into the book. We have used this information to create the closest possible reproduction of the book. 

Sale of this product support the work of the British Library!

About Design and Production

We have already done all the hard work. The book is 100% ready to print, all artwork, design and typesetting is completed. We have produced prototype versions to test our production logistics, and all is on track to make for a smooth production run and delivery to you before Christmas.

If this project is successful, all we will have to do is basically hit print. All of the preparation has been completed. We have already made a couple of prototype versions and made sure every aspect of our supply chain is ready. 

The Story Behind the Manuscript

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, pen name Lewis Carroll, was an Oxford mathematician, the most unlikely creator of a story set down a rabbit hole one could ever imagine. This manuscript is the original version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll was fond of children and became friends with the daughters of the Dean of his College; Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell. You can almost picture the scene, a warm Summer's afternoon in 1862, the group on a leisurely boat trip.

As they traveled merrily down the stream, he entertained the delighted children with a magical adventure set down a rabbit hole. Where a little girl named Alice was thrown into the strange world of Wonderland. Alice Liddell, ten at the time was so enthralled by this whimsical tale, she begged him to write it down for her. No easy feat in 1862. Two years it took Carroll to write out his fanciful story in tiny, neat handwriting, complete with 37 otherworldly illustrations. Alice finally received the 90-page book, dedicated to 'a dear child, in memory of a summer day', in November 1864.
It wasn't long after many in the family had heard the story – little Alice loved the book – he was urged by friends to publish the story. So he re-wrote the terrific tale, adding two complete chapters and even more characters, and paid for the printing himself. The published version was illustrated by the prominent English artist Sir John Tenniel and released as the story we all know and love, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in 1865.

2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the historic printing of the very first book; it has subsequently been reprinted incalculable times over the years and translated into virtually every language on the planet – including Classical Latin. Rare first American editions have been offered for sale for up to US$37,500..

Unfortunately Alice was forced to sell her precious manuscript at auction, due to falling on some harsh financial times. It was bought by an American collector, but returned to England in 1948 in appreciation of the British people's role in the Second World War.

Stretch Goals 

Our initial target will cover the minimum order quantities involved to get our reproduction printed. However if we go above this target we do have a few ideas up our sleeve. Plus we can't wait to see what you think we should do - Let us know in the comments! 

Nearly there.....

$50,000 - Everybody gets White Cotton Gloves - REACHED!!

We Made it - Now Everybody will receive a pair of White Cotton Gloves!! 

$100,000 - The Companion Booklet - REACHED!!

Can you believe it! We made our next stretch target - The Companion Booklet. This little book will provide a brief history of the story of Alice in Wonderland, will introduce the real Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll. It will also feature an article written by a local PHD candidate from Victoria University, Rebecca Ciezarek, and of course details of the manuscript itself. 

$We're Doing it Anyway! - Tea Party Launch 

We have found a place to launch our book, "The Mad Hatters Bookshop," in Manly, Brisbane - And we're going to have a Tea Party!
We are just finalizing the details with the Mad Hatters, Details to come soon! 
And for all those not in Brisbane we will be live streaming it via Periscope!

Special thanks

We would like to say a special thank you to Martin at the British Library - Without you this project never could have happened! 

Anthony from Bookcover Cafe - who helped with our layout and typesetting, and made sure everything was as closely aligned to the original as possible; and ready to print. 

Ben from Paradigm Print Media  -  who printed the pages and got everything ready for our prototypes - they turned out beautiful! 

And finally Steve from Books & Boxes - one of the few places in Brisbane that still make fine hand bound books. Your work is stunning, and you have brought an amazing amount of quality to our reproduction. Thank you. 


Risks and challenges

The biggest potential obstacle for this project will be production delays.
Although we have prepared as much as possible with the companies running the production, there is always a chance of delays.

These delays will be kept to a minimum as we will be updating the production companies during the funding phase as to the popularity of the project so they can prepare the materials required in advance to reduce the risk of delay.

We believe there is a very minimal chance of this happening as the only thing standing in our way is the production costs.

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