This book is by far the most common of all the Alice books, primarily because it was in print for so many years. I have one copy that is a 22nd printing. The other two Alice titles received only a single printing.
As some of you may know, first editions of Little Golden Books are sometimes called 'A' editions. That is because the way to tell which printing you have on the early LGBs is to look for the single letter printed on the last page in the bottom right hand corner near or sometimes under the spine. But a quicker way to tell at a glance if your Alice is a first printing is to look at the book on edge: the pages are tinted red!
Other things to look for when looking for a first:
- first editions have block lettering on the cover for A Little Golden Book, later editions have script lettering
- first editions never have a UPC code, those didn't come into use until the 1970s
- the last title listed on the back cover of the first edition is D23 Alice and the Mad Hatter
- the stock number of the first edition is D19, later editions the stock number changed several times, including 103-1, 103-41, and 105-50
- first editions have no price on the cover
- first editions have no stock number on the cover
The Jabberwock is a character that was originally scheduled to appear in the film, and seemingly removed fairly late in the game. There is this page, and there was to be a Little Golden Record as well. Stan Freberg was originally slated to provide the voice of the Jabberwock.