7 June 2006
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). Mischmasch. [Oxford: University Press,] 1882.
Bifolium (182 x 118); printed on brown wove paper, as issued (folded twice, expert repairs at folds, scattered spotting). Provenance: Edith Mary Miller (1870-1929; inscription from the author).
RARE, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to one of his child-friends: 'for Edith [Miller]'. Dodgson at Auction 1893-1999 records only the author's own copy selling at auction (Frank Irving Fletcher sale, Anderson Galleries, 19 April 1932, lot 230) and no copy is listed by ABPC in over 30 years. A letter from Dodgson to Edith's sister May (4 December 1882) records the presentation: 'Voilà the Rules of the game you and I have played so often. I had better send one for Edith too, so as not to give occasion for any fresh quarrels' (Letters p.472). May's copy is now in the Rosenbach. '"A word-game for two players or two sets of players". Each side proposes a "nucleus"of two or more letters (say emo) and the other side provides a word containing the nucleus (say lemons); there are seven rules, including a system of marks for results. The title is taken from the fanciful name of one of the magazines which Dodgson wrote and edited (but never printed) for his brothers' and sisters' amusement in the fifties, after going up to Oxford' (WMGC). Williams, Maddan, Green and Crutch 155.
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