The Game of Logic. London: E. Baxter, Oxford, for Macmillan, 1886." />
New York, Park Avenue
9 December 1998
DODGSON, Charles ("Lewis Carroll"). The Game of Logic. London: E. Baxter, Oxford, for Macmillan, 1886.
Tall 8o (223 x 143 mm). Seven unbound quires, without advertisement leaf (usually inserted at binding). Wood-engraved diagram frontispiece and numerous diagrams in text; complete with original printed envelope containing the separate card-diagram and four (of nine original) counters (three grey and one pink). Unbound loose quires, untrimmed.
UNBOUND FOLDED SHEETS FOR THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION. Intended to be printed in an edition of 500 copies, this first issue did not satisfy the author and was suppressed. Dodgson ordered 50 copies bound in red cloth gilt (and reconfirmed this order, despite his dissatisfaction with the edition). He also received two sets of the unbound sheets. A letter from Dodgson to his publishers dated 5 December 1886 complains that Baxter used "old type, which obliged him to damp the paper so much that the letters print a little too thick ... and the crooked printing showed me that, to get the best results, it does not do to trust the local printers" (Lewis Carroll and the House of Macmillan, pp. 216-217). Dodgson rejected the first issue for the English market (as he had the first issue of the 1865 Alice), again proposing that the inferior copies should be sold in America as "they will do very well for the Americans, who ought not to be very particular as to quality, as they insist on having books for very cheap". No such copies have been identified, so it is likely that no buyer was found and the majority were destroyed. A small number of the cloth bound copies have survived, but only one other set of these extremely rare unbound sheets is known (Parrish Collection). The present set of folded sheets is believed to have come from the Harmsworth Trust Library (see sale, 26 March 1947, lot 2943). Williams-Madan-Green-Crutch 193.
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