The Alice 100 Collection celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the first publication of Alice in 1865.
Over a seven year period, a well known rare book dealer in Victoria, R.D.Hilton Smith gathered almost 500 books for the collection. The collection includes more than 200 editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland usually accompanied by Through the Looking Glass and displays the work of more than 80 illustrators. The collection includes the 1866 official first edition to a calf-bound set that bears Alice Hargreaves' (Alice's married name) signature. The collection also includes parodies and imitations, musical and stage productions, film stills, translations, as well as other works by and about Carroll.
In 1965, the collection was donated to the University of British Columbia by the graduating class of 1925 in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Today, this delightful collection can be found in Rare Books and Special Collections.
Image: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. New York: Gilbert H. McKibbin, 1899.