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. (Occasional light soiling, a few light spots to first and last leaves.) Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, gilt edges, Burn & Co. binder's ticket on rear pastedown (rebacked preserving the original spine, hinges repaired, some soiling); red quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. Provenance: Lucy Walters (b.1856, inscription from the author) -- Myles Standish Slocum (deleted pencilled ownership; sale, Christie's New York, 20 November 1981, lot 183) -- Miss Frances H. Jones (sale, Christie's New York, 7 October 1994, lot 153).
FIRST EDITION, PRE-PUBLICATION PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY DODGSON: 'Lucy Walters, from the Author, Christmas 1871'. One of 100 copies sent by Carroll ahead of publication. Lucy Walters (b.1856) was the daughter of Henry Walters, a graduate of Christ Church. Lucy came up to London in January 1878 with two of Dodgson's sisters to join him for a performance of Macbeth and an exhibition at Burlington House. 'Later he took her on similar outings, and on one occasion called on her at the Slade School where he oberved her draw and paint in a life class. Dodgson frequently called on the Walters family when he was in Guildford and once offered Mrs. Walters the use of his Eastbourne lodgings' (Letters p. 699). 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its hardly less famous sequel Through the Looking Glass ... abound in characters ... who are part of everybody's mental furniture. And the philosophic profundity ... of these characters' observations, long household words wherever English is spoken, gains mightily from the delicious fantasy of their setting' (PMM 354). First state of page 21, with the misprint 'wade' for 'wabe' in the second line of the poem 'Jabberwocky', and with the pagination for both pages 95 and 98 (no priority). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 84.