Original Manuscript of “Alice in Wonderland” Marks the 150th Anniversary in New York

The book with the original illustrations is part of the exposition marking the 150th anniversary of the famous novel.

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York is hosting an exposition devoted to the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The exposition showcases the manuscript originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. For the exhibition, the manuscript left the British library for the first time in 30 years, writes Quartz.

The handwritten manuscript is accompanied by the author’s drawings and a photo of 7-year old Alice Liddell, the prototype of the novel’s main character.

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground only has four chapters. Before publishing, Carroll added the episodes about the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Tea Party, and also changed the title.

In 1928, Mrs. Liddel sold the original manuscript at a Sotheby’s auction for £15,400. Twenty years later, a group of American benefactors collected $100,000 to buy the book, and presented it to the British Library where it is stored today.

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(Photo credit: The British Library)

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