Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: [Richard Clay for] Macmillan, 1866." />
4 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 21,250
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ("Lewis Carroll"). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: [Richard Clay for] Macmillan, 1866.
8o. Half-title. Electrotyped frontispiece, and 42 illustrations from the woodcuts by Dalziel after John Tenniel. (Text block cracked at center.) Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, edges gilt (some minor rubbing to extremities); cloth folding case. Provenance: Harriet Borland (bookplate).
FIRST PUBLISHED (Second English) EDITION, preceded by the American edition. The first edition of 2,000 was recalled by Dodgson, following the unsatisfactory printing of Tenniel's illustrations, and was never offered for public sale. In the earliest state with pale blue endpapers (rather than the more usual dark green), with inverted "S" in the last line of contents page. For this new edition the book was re-set by the printer Richard Clay from a copy of the 1865 Alice (prepared by The Clarendon Press, Oxford); it is this version which formed the basis for all future Macmillan editions. PMM 354 (note); Williams-Madan-Green-Crutch 46. A FINE COPY.
[Tipped in:] Autograph letter signed by Dodgson presumably to Edith Mary Alice Berkeley, dated 20 April 1875, and signed "Lewis Carroll" mentioning sending copies of Alice and Through the Looking Glass and discussing her poor character. "How very very wrong of you to behave in this way! To say that your conduct is a lasting disgrace to human nature would be little indeed! To say that any body else, guilty of such conduct, would by this time have been removed to the extreme limits of civilised life (for instance, to Wimbleton), or would have been shut up in a prison, or in a lunatic asylum, or, worse still, in a young ladies' school, would be a very very mild way of putting it!..."
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