New exhibition: rare works of Alice in Wonderland

A new exhibition of 69 rare works celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

For many, the incredible escapade of the little girl who follows a talking white rabbit and finds herself in a topsy turvy world is one of the most captivating tales of childhood. Despite Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland being 150 years old this year, Lewis Carroll’s enchanting story manages to remain fresh and exciting to ever-new generations.

To celebrate the anniversary of the book’s first publication, Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest seller of rare books, is hosting a fascinating exhibition of 69 of Lewis Carroll’s works. Every item on display has come from the library of an anonymous English collector.

Pom Harrington, the bookshop’s owner tells H&A, ‘This is an amazing collection which has been lovingly put together over the last 40 years. It contains an extraordinary range of first and early editions of the major works by Lewis Carroll including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, as well as unpublished poems, letters, seasonal greetings and much more. All the items are in exceptionally good condition, many have interesting inscriptions and some are in rare special presentation bindings.’

Highlights include a first published edition of Alice in Wonderland (1866) in original condition, priced at £57,500 (pictured), and a first edition of Nabokov’s Russian translation (1923), priced at £12,500.

The exhibition runs from 27th-6th May at Peter Harrington, 43 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF. For more information go to

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