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Alice’s Adventures in Hornbake Library are Coming to an End

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If you haven’t made it to Hornbake Library to experience our exhibit Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll, now is the time! The final day it is open will be Friday, July 29th.

Over the past two years, we feel like we have become friends with Alice and her Wonderland friends as we have worked to bring her story to life by displaying the collection of two very devoted Lewis Carroll collectors, August and Clare Imholtz.

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August and Clare have been collecting Lewis Carroll and Alice related items for 35 years. Their collection has brought to light the astonishing ways Alice’s adventures have been translated, illustrated, and transformed over time. Whether she is portrayed with light or dark hair, yellow or blue dress, short or tall, young or old, Alice’s indefatigable curiosity and eager enjoyment of life remain at the core of Carroll’s story that has remained a fixture in literary and pop culture for over a century and a half.

Confronted with the rows of colorful bindings under their sparking glass cases, visitors IMG_7543.JPGcannot help but be inspired by Alice’s curiosity. There are so many questions that spring to mind: How can a Cheshire Cat be a kangaroo? Why is the Hatter wearing a fez? Why is Alice ice-skating? Can the Jabberwock really play basketball? How do you say ‘Twinkle, Twinkle litter bat’ in German? Does the Queen of Hearts drink Guinness?

The exhibit may not give you all the answers to such questions, but we think Lewis Carroll would agree that it’s all part of the adventure!

Although Alice 150 Years and Counting must come to an end, the story continues in our online exhibit, which will remain open even when the doors to the exhibit are closed. Explore illustrations and discover more about the items you saw in the gallery. So even though Alice’s adventures in Hornbake Library may be ending, her story continues.

Don’t forget to stay tuned to hear what is coming next to Hornbake Library’s exhibit gallery.

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Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: July

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, is an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Each month, a new item from the exhibit will be showcased.

In July, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view postcards influenced by the characters and adventures of Alice in Wonderland, varying in dates between the early 1900’s and present day. These delightful postcards highlight the many ways Alice has impacted popular culture in the past 150 years, from stage performances to photographic and illustrative art.

You can view all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll here.

Visit Alice 150 Years and Counting

‘I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’

If you haven’t visited Hornbake Library’s Alice 150 Years and Counting exhibit, you better hurry! Soon there will be no going back to yesterday. The exhibit will be open until the end of July, so be sure to visit (or re-visit!) while you can.

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Can’t make it to Hornbake Library in person? Don’t worry, you can visit the online exhibit anytime!

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Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: June

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, is an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Each month, a new item from the exhibit will be showcased.

In June, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view a collection of miniature Alice books. Printed in multiple countries including Russia, Italy, the United States and the U.K., these delightful books seem to have sipped from the bottle labeled “Drink Me”. Most are no larger than the palm of your hand!

Also included is a miniature version of the Jabberwocky poem, printed on a “click tablet”: six red wooden boards held together by ribbon. The poem is printed on one side, while the title, colophon, and four wood engravings are displayed on the other. When held upright, the boards cascade down, revealing the story.

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll in our online exhibit.

New Acquisition: Spenser’s Faerie Queene by the Ashendene Press

IMG_7607.JPGRecently, Special Collections and University Archives acquired several beautiful examples of early 20th century fine printing. Among them is Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen, printed in by The Ashendene Press in 1923.

The Ashendene Press is one of the finest examples of the private press movement in England, which valued well-designed books produced with high quality materials by skilled workmen. Private press craftsmen and artists scoffed at the poorly made, commercially-driven books and the mechanized book production of industrialized England. These beautifully crafted books are a testament to the artistry of individuals like Emery Walker, William Morris, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, Charles Rickets, and others who sought to reclaim traditional book art in a time when profit and mass production trumped integrity and design.

Get up close and notice that the edges of the paper are rough – fine printers like Ashendene Press continued the tradition of using thick, handmade paper that wouldFullSizeRender (4).jpg stand the test of time. Because of their quality craftsmanship, private press books are often in better shape and easier to handle than paperback editions printed decades later.

Founded by C H St John Hornby, the Ashendene Press ran from 1895-1935. Ashendene books were printed in small quantities and sold through a subscription service. The Faerie Queene was available in a limited run of 180 copies on paper (12 on vellum). It was printed in black, red and blue ink, using their trademark Subiaco type. The cover is quarter brown cowhide over ivory vellum and the spine is lettered in gilt.

Visit Hornbake Library to view the Ashendene Press edition of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, on display outside the Maryland Room. Also on display are the original printing blocks for the dedication to Elizabeth I and various book headings, as well as a the advertisement for subscribers announcing the upcoming for the book.

Special Collections and University Archives is home to many examples of early and modern book design. Notable collections include:

Stop by the Maryland Room to view more items from our literature and rare book collections or contact us for more information.

Spotlight on Wonderland: The Duchess

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With a frustrating mix of rain, wind, sunshine, pollen, and taxes, the month of April is certainly reminiscent of the volatile tempers of the Duchess. Blustery then blithe, raucous then regal, the duchess is an absolute mess of contrary and contrasting emotions.

When Alice first walks into the Duchess’ home, she notes the distinct and overwhelming aroma of peppery soup, followed by the sound of howling and sneezing. These sounds arise from the duchess and her baby sitting in the middle of the room, feeling the effects of an overzealous cook.

`There’s certainly too much pepper in that soup!’ Alice said to herself, as well as she could for sneezing.

There was certainly too much of it in the air. Even the Duchess sneezed occasionally; and as for the baby, it was sneezing and howling alternately without a moment’s pause. The only things in the kitchen that did not sneeze, were the cook, and a large cat which was sitting on the hearth and grinning from ear to ear.

When Alice attempts to calm the cacophonous kitchen, she is rebuked. “If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world wound go round a good deal faster than it does.” Not long after, the Duchess all but flings her child into Alice’s arms in her haste to get ready for the Queen of Hearts’ croquet game.

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But this is not all we see of the Duchess. Later, at the croquet game, she appears again in a completely different state of mind and attitude. It is not hard to understand why Alice feels something akin to whiplash when she is greeted again.

`You can’t think how glad I am to see you again, you dear old thing!’ said the Duchess, as she tucked her arm affectionately into Alice’s, and they walked off together.

Alice was very glad to find her in such a pleasant temper, and thought to herself that perhaps it was only the pepper that had made her so savage when they met in the kitchen.

In the dialogue that follows, the Duchess reveals that she can find a moral in absolutely anything. Inevitably, when these morals are stated, they cause the reader’s eyes to cross.

Would you rather encounter a cantankerous Duchess or a short-tempered Queen in Wonderland?

Did you Know:

  • Tenniel’s illustration of the Duchess may be based on a 14th century painting of Margaret Maultasch, Countess of Tyrol, which is titled ‘The Ugly Duchess’.
  • The Cheshire Cat belongs to the Duchess. You can see it in the background of illustrations of her kitchen. When Alice asks why her cat grins, the Duchess, in her usual huffy manner, replies “It’s a Cheshire cat…and that’s why.”

Visit the Maryland Room gallery in Hornbake Library from October 2105-July 2016 to discover more about the Duchess and the rest of the Wonderland cast of characters in the exhibit Alice 150 Years and County…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: April

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, is an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Each month, a new item from the exhibit will be showcased.

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In April, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view a humorous letter from Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).

In the letter, Carroll declines an invitation to an “At Home” party. Be sure to note the purple ink in which the letter is written (a trademark of Lewis Carroll). Carroll made a point of avoiding “At Homes” in which hosts would designate a time for visiting—having said on another occasion, “I dread and shun all such hosts of strangers.”

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll here.