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Comparing Covers #2: Alice in Wonderland

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Comparing Covers is a new feature on Lampshade Reader. I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions to re-releases.

Alice in Wonderland aka Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has been re-released countless times with different illustrations and covers. It’s always interesting to see what new cover art it receives because there is just so many variations to choose from. Alice, of course is always featured. Today, I’m going to showcase some of my favorite ones because let’s face it, there are over 3000 covers and there is no way I’m going to display all of those!


Finding some of the first editions for this book was hard, but I did find one that was released in 1866 (The book was originally published in 1865). It is gorgeous and hands down my favorite. I found this on manhattanrarebooks.com.


Goodness knows how much it’s worth…

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll




2014–This is the version I have.





















Which cover of Alice in Wonderland is your favorite?

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Yes, the 1866 copy cover is stunning. They just don’t make them like that anymore.

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anna @ herding cats & burning soup

The 1866 cover is absolutely stunning.

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Books like this with so many different cover versions it really is interesting to see the differences and similarity, like certain themes like alice or the cards that often are features. But each cover gives it’s own spin on it. That first edition you posted looks so pretty! But I also like the 2014 and 2015 versions.


Wow I love that vintage one. 1865- that’s awesome. Definitely my favorite. I kinda like the 2015 version too, and the ’77 one isn’t bad. Love this feature!

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No doubt the original 1866 is the best–I have acollection of rare and over 100 year-old-books from my in-laws and mom displayed proudly on floating shelves.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

As soon as I saw the post title I was thinking that are SO many covers, how is she going to choose?! But WOW. That 1866 one is amazing! They just don’t make books like that anymore. I’d not seen that before, but yeah, it’s my favorite too now! I also love the 2014 version. I love that color combination (I mean, add red, and you’d have my blog colors lol), and I love the silhouettes and the way all the things are hanging down. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted: Book Review: The Key to Erebus (Les Corbeaux:… Read more »

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