DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there. London: Richard Clay for Macmillan, 1872.
8° (181 x 125 mm). 50 illustrations after John Tenniel. (Some minor marginal browning). Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, gilt edges, Burn & Co. binder's ticket on rear pastedown (rubbed, hinges split, slightly shaken); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Mary Memess (inscribed on half-title 'Mary Memess with her brother's love') -- sale, Christie's New York, 9 June 1999, lot 93.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM JOHN TENNIEL WITH TWO FINE PENCIL DRAWINGS BY HIM on the half-title, each signed with his monogram, and inscribed in pencil on the half-title 'Ever yours JT'. The drawings are both reverse images of the printed versions: the drawing of Humpty-Dumpty is a detail of 'You may shake hands!' (the engraving appears on p. 118), and Alice with the Fawn (which appears on p. 63).
According to Schiller, this category of Tenniel drawing was 'done inside printed books at the time the artist inscribed them, either as gifts or on commission' (Schiller p. 62). This copy is inscribed by Tenniel in the same way ('Ever yours JT', with no recipient's name) as a copy of Through the Looking-Glass now in the Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hertford (reproduced by Schiller, fig. 17). Five copies of the Alice books with such drawings, not including this, are listed by Schiller (two of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and three of Through the Looking-Glass); none of these copies include drawings of these subjects. First state of page 21, with the misprint 'wade' for 'wabe', and with the pagination for both pages 95 and 98 (no priority known). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 84; cf. Schiller 'Census', '4. Drawings Made by Tenniel as Part of Inscriptions in Books'.