7 June 2006
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). The Hunting of the Snark, an Agony, in Eight Fits. London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor for Macmillan, 1876.
8° (184 x 124 mm). 9 illustrations after Henry Holiday. (Signature clipped from half-title). Original pictorial buff-coloured cloth, blocked in black, spine lettered in black, ORIGINAL PRINTED DUST-JACKET (dust jacket spine ends and corners chipped, a few short tears, light soiling); modern cloth box. Provenance: Denis Crutch (sale, Bloomsbury, 15 June 2000, lot 190).
FIRST EDITION, IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST-JACKET. THE CRUTCH COPY, with the first issue of Dodgson's 'An Easter Greeting to every Child who loves "Alice"' laid in (found in some early copies). The Hunting of the Snark is considered DODGSON'S 'MOST MAGNIFICENT LITERARY CREATION AFTER THE ALICE BOOKS' (Cohen, p. 43). 'The book describes with infinite humour the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature. It has been called the "Odyssey of the Nonsensical"', 'a masterpiece with more nonsense to the foot than could be found in an acre of lesser stuff' (WMGC). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 115 ('a few copies of the book have been recorded in a grey printed dust-wrapper') and 116 ('Easter Greeting' with the correct watermark 'Towgood Fine').
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