Happy Birthday Alice

38164 | 15.05.2012 | £40

Printed by Royal Mail. Designed by Adrian Bradbury
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15th May 2012
Happy Birthday Alice Stamp Sheet (Smilers®)
A G Bradbury, History of Britain 84
The sheet is limited to 500 numbered copies.

This year (2012) marks the 150th birthday of the creation of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Alice was published in 1865, three years after the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed in a boat, on 4 July 1862, up the Isis with the three young daughters of Henry Liddell, (the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Dean of Christ Church) : Lorina Charlotte Liddell (aged 13); Alice Pleasance Liddell (aged 10); and Edith Mary Liddell (aged 8).  The journey began at Folly Bridge near Oxford and ended five miles away in the village of Godstow. During the trip the Reverend Dodgson told the girls a story that featured a bored little girl named Alice who goes looking for an adventure. The girls loved it, and Alice Liddell asked Dodgson to write it down for her.

He began writing the manuscript of the story the next day, although that earliest version no longer exists. The girls and Dodgson took another boat trip a month later when he elaborated the plot to the story of Alice, and in November he began working on the manuscript in earnest.
To add the finishing touches he researched natural history for the animals presented in the book, and then had the book examined by other children. He added his own illustrations but approached John Tenniel to illustrate the book for publication, telling him that the story had been well liked by children.

On 26 November 1864 he gave Alice the handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground. Before Alice received her copy, Dodgson was already preparing it for publication and expanding the 15,500-word original to 27,500 words, most notably adding the episodes about the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Tea-Party - both featured on this lovely stamp sheet.

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