This is a book that will appeal not only the the 'young children' for whom it was originally intended, but also to much older Alice buffs and collectors. In fact, I suspect it will *mostly* appeal to the buffs and collectors.
The book, while not an actual facsimile of the 1890 edition, does come close in several respects. The text is reproduced word-for-word, and the publisher has (thank Heavens!) resisted the temptation to muck about with it by updating spellings or anything of the sort.
Even the type-face is that of the original book.
The (20) illustrations are the familiar Tenniel prints, reproduced in colour (coloured by Tenniel himself)
This edition includes a few 'extras': The original preface to the 1890 edition; Carroll's Christmas greeting, and his Easter Greeting; and the sickly-sweet poem, 'A Nursery Darling.'
In Carroll's own words, what is the point of this version of the Alice story?
"My ambition NOW is (is it a vain one?) to be read by Children aged from Nought to Five. To be read? Nay, not so! Say rather to be thumbed, to be cooed over, to be dogs'-eared, to be rumpled, to be kissed, by the illiterate, ungrammatical dimpled Darlings, that fill your Nursery with merry uproar, and your inmost heart of hearts with a restful gladness!"
Um. O-kaay.... Thank you Mr Dodgeson...
This is a nice book and a MUST for Alice collectors. I've tried to use a short video to give you the chance for a quick virtual thumb, coo over, dogs'-ear, rumple, etc.
Definitely five stars.