London, South Kensington
6 June 2006
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll') -- Edmund Hodgson YATES (1831-1894, et al., eds). The Train. London: Taylor and Greening [vols I-III] and Groombridge Brothers [vols IV-V] for Groombridge and Sons, 1856-1858. 5 volumes, 8° (205 x 130mm). (Light scattered spotting to first and last few leaves of each volume.) Contemporary half-calf, green morocco labels, spines gilt, edges marbled (corners lightly rubbed, small areas of superficial leather loss from sides, slight discolouration at bottom of spines). Provenance: W.H Smith & Son (bookseller's tickets) -- Charles Henry Dancey (gift bookplates dated 1911) -- Gloucester Public Library (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION AND THE FIRST APPEARANCE IN PRINT OF THE 'LEWIS CARROLL' PSEUDONYM. The Train is the vehicle for some of Dodgson's earliest publications, which appear in 4 of the 5 volumes; they include: 'Solitude', where the pseudonym first occurs; 'Hiawatha's Photographing', Carroll's famous parody of Longfellow; 'Upon the Lonely Moor', a parody of Wordsworth; 'Ye Carpette Knyghte'; 'The Path of Roses'; 'The Three Voices', a witty parody of Tennyson; 'The Sailor's Wife'; 'Novelty and Romancement'. The Train also includes the first appearance of Robert Barnabas Brough's semi-autobiographical novel Marston Lynch. In this set, vol. II bears the imprint of Groombridge and Sons, and not S.O. Beeton (as the set described by WMGC does). Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 14. (5)
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