London, South Kensington
30 November 2005
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). Memoria Technica [Oxford:] 1888.
Typewritten, cyclostyled bifolium (195 x 122mm), as issued.
RARE, neither Dodgson at Auction 1893-1999 or ABPC since 1975 record any copies of any edition of this item selling at auction. This edition is a new version of Dodgson's 1877 mnemonic system, typewritten on Dodgson's new Hammond, which he had received on 3 May 1888. Writing later that month, he described the Hammond as 'a great success ... I have devised a very simple dodge ... for making the right-hand margin of writing even (to count letters in words, and space accordingly)' (Letters p.706n). The June 1888 version of Memoria was reprinted in Life and Letters, where Collingwood comments that: '[Carroll] had a wonderfully good memory, except for faces and dates ... To help himself remember dates, he devised a system of mnemonics, which he circulated among his friends' (p. 267). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 207, and cf. 120.
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