Cover Crazy: Alice in Wonderland (1800’s)

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On our first week of “Alice in Wonderland” inspired cover madness, let’s take a look at the earliest cover I could find (1871), and then two others from 1898 and 1899:

 

^Edition from 1871^

Below- Left 1898, Right 1899

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It’s amazing how covers have changed over the years. Even just these three, a little over twenty years apart, are so different (not to mention SO DIFFERENT from covers nowadays). I don’t know about you, but I think the second (1898) is a rather fitting cover; certainly it’s less colorful than modern covers, but I’m a HUGE fan of the font, and the version I had growing up had art by this artist on the front. It appears that some things never change.

The third is a bit weird. Same general color scheme as the second, but the drawing and font aren’t as pretty. Plus, are those rodents…lizards? in the top right corner? Seems like an odd part of the story to put on the cover.

Did anyone else notice that the author’s name is NOT on the cover? Of any of these? Very interesting.

If you come back next week, you’ll get to see covers from later editions of Alice! Some are awesome, and some are downright bizarre! So make sure to check back in next Sunday!

 

What do you think of these covers? Do you have a copy that looked like any of these? Tell me in the comments what you think of this cover art from the 1800’s!

 

The purpose of Cover Crazy is to feature a cover each week for us to admire its beauty. Covers are really what draw me in to pick up a book in the first place, so I thought this was the perfect feature for me! Cover Crazy is a feature that was started by The Book Worms.

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