Book shop Alice Through the Looking Glass in Cecil Court, London, is giving book lovers a rare opportunity to get up close with a unique piece of literary history.
For this shop, which specialises on the popular books Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, have on display Alice Liddell’s own looking glass mirror, a display made possible by The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst.
Aice Liddell was Lewis Carroll’s muse for the character Alice in his famous books and her mirror, which she owned for most of her life, bears a remarkable likeness to the Looking Glass in John Tenniel’s famous illustrations.
The shop is a haven for Alice-lovers (of which there are many) and, as well as the elegant mirror, there is also Sir John Tenniel’s own Through The Looking Glass hand-painted chessboard. This unique and important Carrollian artefact has sixteen original illustrations that depict the books’ main characters, including Humpty Dumpty, The Red Queen and Jabberwocky.
There are also rare first editions of Carroll’s Alice books available to buy and new artwork that presents Tenniel’s originals in spectacular colour.
So, the Disney film may have been a disappointment so, if you want to lick your wounds, Alice Through the Looking Glass is a great place to go and catch a special glimpse of yourself in Alice’s mirror. (If only it were magic!)
Alice Liddell’s mirror will be on display until the end of June, 2016 at Alice Through the Looking Glass, 14 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4HE.