Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, 1866
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll', 1832-1898). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: Macmillan & Co., 1866.

The Webster-Schiller-Falletta copy – a remarkably fresh copy of the second (first published) edition, the first issue with page 30 correctly numbered, with the earlier pale blue endpapers (rather than the more usual dark green), and with the inverted 'S' in the last line of Contents page. Richard Clay re-set this edition from a copy of the 1865 Alice (prepared by The Clarendon Press, Oxford); and it is this version which formed the basis for all future Macmillan editions. A nearly fine copy of a notoriously fragile book. PMM 354 (note); Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 46.

Octavo (185 x 127 mm). 42 illustrations after John Tenniel. (Small spot in margin of half-title, faint crease to upper corner of frontispiece, a little spotting internally.) Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, gilt edges, Burn & Co. binder's ticket on lower pastedown (tiny stain at lower edge of rear cover, some very slight rubbing at extremities, a signature loosening); gilt red morocco folding case. Provenance: George M. Millard, Pasadena CA (loosely-inserted bookseller's description) – Paul Francis Webster (1907-1984, bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's New York, 24 April 1985, lot 32) – Justin G. Schiller (bookplate; his sale, Christie's New York, 9 December 1998, lot 2) – Nicholas Falletta (his sale, Christie’s, South Kensington, 30 November 2005, lot 7).

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