7 June 2006
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll'). The Nursery 'Alice'. London: Edmund Evans for Macmillan, 1890.
4° (253 x 194 mm). Coloured frontispiece and 19 colour illustrations by Evans after John Tenniel. (Occasional light marginal soiling.) Original cloth-backed coloured pictorial boards illustrated by Gertrude Thomson (soiled and scuffed, extremities and corners rubbed); blue quarter morocco slipcase, spine with pictorial onlays. Provenance: Nina [?Alice Gaussen, b.1873] (inscription from the author) -- [sale, Swann Galleries, 29 April 1992, lot 68 -- sale, Sotheby's London, 10 November 1998, lot 68].
Second (FIRST PUBLISHED) edition. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY CARROLL: 'For Nina from the author. Mar. 25 1890' (probably Nina
Gaussen). Dodgson first met the Gaussens in February 1885 and sometimes dined with them at Broughton Hall, Lechlade (Diaries, pp.337 and 441), and this copy is presumably one of those mentioned in his diary entry for 25 March 1890: 'managed to go to London, to write in over a hundred copies of The Nursery Alice' (Diary 8 (2004), p.507). '10,000 sets of sheets [of the 1889 first edition] were printed by Edmund Evans but Dodgson rejected the entire edition in sheets, as the pictures were "far too bright and gaudy"; he instructed that they should be reprinted (letter to Macmillan, 23 June 1889)' (WMGC 215). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 216.
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