DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). Sylvie and Bruno [and:] Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. London: Richard Clay and Sons, Limited for Macmillan, 1889-1893.
2 vols, 8° (182 x 126mm). Illustrations after Harry Furniss. Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, gilt edges (lower hinge of vol. I tender, a very small amount of staining on the bottom edges); modern red half morocco box (damaged). Provenance: Isabel Mary 'Isa' Dodgson (née Cooper, 1848-1937, inscriptions from the author) December 1928, lot 1361) -- sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 29 January 1951.
FIRST EDITIONS, PRESENTATION COPIES INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR AHEAD OF PUBLICATION: 'Isa Dodgson from her affte. Brother the Author, Dec. 12, 1889', and 'Isa Dodgson from her affte. brother the Author, Dec. 27, 1893'. The preface is of great interest, for Dodgson defines the limitations under which he conceives of fairies, their powers and forms, and of psychical states of human beings showing how carefully chastened his apparently riotous imagination was. He also describes his method for compiling the story ... and discusses the treatment of religious subjects, especially sermons and rituals' (WMGC p.185). The recipient of this set was Dodgson's sister-in-law Isabel, who married his brother Skeffington secretly in 1880, and was referred to as Isa (cf., for example, Letters p.530). The second volume includes, laid-in, the one leaf 'Advertisement' dated Christmas 1893 apologizing for the 60th-thousand of Through the Looking Glass and asking purchasers to return it. Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 217 and 250. (2)