Autumn is currently very interested in the Little Golden Book edition of Alice in Wonderland, so I thought it might be fun to share the differences between her edition (left) and the vintage copy from 1951 (right) I keep on my inspiration shelf in my office.
I originally purchased my copy for the cover… I think it’s an incredibly beautiful and classic Little Golden Book illustration and I wanted it for my art collection. This copy is over 30 years old, so when Autumn expressed an interest in reading the Alice in Wonderland story I decided to buy her a brand new copy that we didn’t need to be delicate with. When I picked it up at our local bookstore, I was very surprised to discover these two editions are written and illustrated differently! Her edition says it was also originally published in 1951, but that this is the 2010 edition. I’m not quite sure what the story is behind the two different copies if they were both created in 1951, but regardless here are some of the differences I found:
Right away, it’s very obvious the illustrations in Autumn’s edition are more colorful and were designed to fill up the entire page. Here is an example of the Mad Hatter tea party - the new edition takes up two pages for this gorgeous illustration! The 1951 copy has softer colors and the details aren’t as crisp. The illustrations are also not designed to fill up the entire page but are still quite lovely.
For the White Rabbit’s house, the 1951 edition gives the illustration a two page spread, where as the newer edition has one illustration per page but instead offers a view inside of Rabbit’s adorable house.
These are the last two pages I’ll share… I’d like to leave some of the mystery of illustration differences for anyone curious in buying both editions! Left is the newer edition which is very true to the Disney movie, but right is the 1951 edition that features the Jabberwock! This was originally supposed to be in the Disney movie but was later taken out. How cool is that?!