Oct 19

Evertype would like to announce the publication of a new edition of Clive Harcourt Carruther’s translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into the Latin language, Alicia in Terrā Mīrābiī. The book uses John Tenniel’s classic illustrations.

From the introduction:

Ludovīcus Carroll est nōmen fictīcium scrīptōris Carolī Lutwitgī Dodgsōnī, professōris mathēmaticae in Aede Christī Oxoniae. Fābulae initium fēcit diē 4ᵒ̄ mēnsis Jūliī annō 1862ᵒ̄ dum in Tamesī fluviō animī causā rēmigat ūnā cum reverendō virō Robinson Duckworth, cumque Aliciā Liddell (decem annōs nātā), fīliā Decānī Aedis Christī, ejusque duābus sorōribus, Lōrīnā (tredecim annōs nātā) et Ēditā (octō annōs nātā). Dodgsōnus (id quod satis appāret ex poēmate in prīmō librō) ā puellīs rogātus ut aliquid narrāret, quamquam prīmō invītus, fābulae tamen līneā­menta cōn­fingere coepit. Per fābulam perfectam, annō 1865ᵒ̄ tandem ēditam, saepe ad hōs quīnque subobscūrē allūdit.

Hōc in librō offertur lēctōrī nova ēditiō fābulae Alicia in Terrā Mīrābilī in Latīnum annō 1964ō ā Clive Harcourt Carruthers conversae. Differt ā prīmā ēditiōne duābus praecipuīs rēbus: cum quod discrīmen nunc servātur inter i litteram vōcālem et j litteram vim cōnsonantis habentem, tum quod omnēs vōcālēs longae sunt līneolīs superscrīptīs ōrnātae.

Omnium vōcālium longitūdinēs dīligenter exquīsītae sunt, etiam in syllabīs positiōne longīs. In pauciōribus syllabīs, quārum vōcālium longitūdinēs aut nunc incertae sunt, aut manifestē etiam antīquīs temporibus vacillābant, vōcālēs sine līneolīs scrīptae sunt.

Glōssārium Latīnō-Anglicum in ultimō librō magnopere auctum est. Praeter ferē vīgintī Neolatīna vocābula locūtiōnēsque, ut in prīmā ēditiōne, hoc novum glōssārium etiam complectitur plūs ducenta vocābula antīqua tīrōnibus inūsitātiōria. Spērāmus fore ut glōssāriō auctō multō plūrēs lēctōrēs sine aliōrum lexicōrum ūsū ex hōc librō magnam capiant voluptatem.

Lewis Carroll is a pen-name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was the author’s real name and he was lecturer in Mathematics in Christ Church, Oxford. Dodgson began the story on 4 July 1862, when he took a journey in a rowing boat on the river Thames in Oxford together with the Reverend Robinson Duckworth, with Alice Liddell (ten years of age) the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, and with her two sisters, Lorina (thirteen years of age), and Edith (eight years of age). As is clear from the poem at the beginning of the book, the three girls asked Dodgson for a story and reluctantly at first he began to tell the first version of the story to them. There are many half-hidden references made to the five of them throughout the text of the book itself, which was published finally in 1865.

In this book we present a new edition of Clive Harcourt Carruthers’ 1964 translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into Latin. It differs from Carruthers’ original text chiefly in two ways: a regular distinction between the vowel i and the consonant j has been made, and long vowels are marked with macrons consistently throughout.

All vowels have been carefully investigated, including the vowels in syllables long by position. In a few isolated cases where the classical vowel lengths are in dispute, or where usage evidently vacillated, the vowels have been left unmarked.

The Latin-English glossary at the end has been greatly enlarged. Instead of treating only a few Neo-Latin words and phrases peculiar to this book, the extended glossary now also covers over two hundred less common classical words. It is our hope that this will enable a much larger group of our readers to enjoy Carruthers’ translation without having to resort to external dictionaries.

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