[DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge] "Lewis CARROLL". Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There, London: Macmillan and Co., 1872 [but 1871]. 8°, 50 wood-engraved illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers after John Tenniel (clean tear to right hand corner of page 105 with no loss to text, light waterstaining to lower margins of pages 56-62 and page 212 onwards to end, some spotting or soiling), original red pictorial cloth gilt (head and tail of spine chipped with loss, spine almost detached, hinges split, lower front cover stained, upper back cover stained, corners bumped), g.e., Burn & Co. binder's ticket at rear inside cover. FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE with "wade" for "wabe" in the second line of the poem "Jabberwocky" on page 21. PRESENTATION COPY, the half title inscribed in purple ink, "Alice Catherine Tyrwhitt, from the author, Christmas 1871." Avery 35; Gottlieb Early Children's Books and their Illustration 211; Osborne II, 980; Williams Madan Green 84.
As a little girl, Alice Catherine Tyrwhitt, also known as "Kitty", knew Charles Lutwidge Dodgson as her parents were neighbours and friends of his in Oxford. She was the daughter of Richard St. John Tyrwhitt (1827-95), an artist and author, who published his Handbook of Pictorial Art in 1866. Tyrwhitt and Dodgson were acquainted with John Ruskin and several Pre-Raphaelite artists, most notably Arthur Hughes, and Dodgson recorded in his diaries their meetings in which they would discuss poetry and art. Alice's brother later became Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Bart., and our copy came, by descent, into the hands of his grandaughter. Dodgson's standard form of signing books to his "child friends", as he called them, was "from the Author", as in the present copy, or "from C. L. Dodgson", usually, as here, in his distinctive purple ink. Sold with a copy of the same author's Rhyme? and Reason? (London, 1901).