Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

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Saturday 6 April - Friday 9 August

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Visit the Magna Carta Vault and see a first edition of this book on display. This copy was gifted to Alfred Tennyson by Lewis Carroll for Christmas in 1871.

'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There' follows Alice through a mirror and into a surreal landscape full of fascinating characters having wild adventures. She talks to flowers, enters life size chess games with Kings and Queens and encounters Humpty Dumpty and Tweedledum and Tweedledee along the way.

Lewis Carroll was highly skilled in wordplay and combined with his vivid imagination he became a master of absurd and whimsical verse. 'Through the Looking Glass' contains several poems including 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'. Many of the nonsensical words from his rhymes like 'galumphing' and 'chortled' have since found their way into the English Dictionary.

The book is filled with memorable illustrations created by Sir John Tenniel, an artist, illustrator and cartoonist also known for his work in Punch Magazine. Tenniel brought Carroll's characters to life in vivid and sometimes grotesque ways. His depictions of creatures like the Jabberwock reveal a dark and even frightening fantasy world that have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike for over 150 years.

First edition
London: Macmillan and Co.1872
Tennyson's copy, inscribed and sent to him by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

The message inside the front cover reads;
Alfred Tennyson
With sincere regards from the Author.
Christmas 1871.

Time:10am – 5pm