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CARROLL, Lewis

CARROLL, Lewis

Rare books by Lewis Carroll, including first editions, signed first editions, and finely bound copies of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

“Lewis Carroll” was the nom-de-plume of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer, best known to book collectors (and children everywhere) as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), perhaps the best known children’s book in the language and certainly one of the most influential. After Alice, no children’s book could afford to be stuffy, didactic, or entirely free of fantasy again.

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  1. Index to "In Memoriam."

    Index to "In Memoriam."

    First edition of one of Dodgson's earliest publications in book form. Endorsed by Tennyson, this anonymous index to his Elegy on Arthur Hallam was suggested and edited by Dodgson, though "one or more of his sisters chiefly compiled the work." The Index was also issued in sheets for binding with In Memoriam, by then in its eleventh edition, having been first published in 1850. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1862

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108952

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  2. Gryphon.
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    Gryphon.

    Tenniel's original drawing for the illustration of the Gryphon which appears on page 138 of the 1865 first edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll gave Tenniel the exact measurements of each image as they were to fit on the page around the text. The drawings were then traced onto woodblocks and engraved by the Dalziel Brothers. Learn More
    £50,000

    Date of Publication: 1865

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    Stock Code: 27704

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel.
    First published edition, and a beautifully bound copy. The publication of the first Alice book set a pattern for many of Dodgson's succeeding publications. The book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865. On 19 July 1865, Dodgson heard that the book's illustrator John Tenniel was dissatisfied with the quality of the printing, so decided to suppress the whole edition of 2,000 copies. Learn More
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107130

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  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Illustrated by John Tenniel.
    First edition, second issue: the first practicably obtainable issue of the original sheets, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with the Appleton cancel title page. The issue consisted of 1,000 copies, using the first printing sheets but with new tipped-in title pages also printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford. Dodgson authorized the sale to America on 10 April 1866 and was invoiced for the printing of the American title pages on 26 May. Learn More
    £9,750

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109946

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  5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    signed

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Illustrated by John Tenniel.
    Second (first published) edition, with the inverted "S" in the last line of the Contents page. The publication of the first Alice book set a pattern for many of Dodgson's succeeding publications. The book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865. On 19 July 1865, Dodgson heard that the book's illustrator John Tenniel was dissatisfied with the quality of the printing, so decided to suppress the whole edition of 2,000 copies. Learn More
    £57,500

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108856

    Signed: Yes

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  6. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There."

    "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There."

    First published editions, first issue of Through the Looking-Glass (with the misspelling of "wabe" on p. 21). Famously, the original printing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was recalled by Dodgson. For the first published edition the book was entirely reset by Richard Clay and was published in November 1865, although dated 1866 in line with contemporary practice for books intended for the Christmas market. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109266

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  7. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.

    With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel.
    Sixty-second thousand. First published in 1865. Learn More
    £1,950

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111926

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  8. Bruno's Revenge.

    Bruno's Revenge.

    [in:] Aunt Judy’s May-Day Volume for young people. No. 20. Edited by Mrs Alfred Gatty.
    First edition of the story that formed the nucleus for Sylvie and Bruno. The editor, Margaret Gatty, was delighted: "the story is delicious. It is beautiful and fantastic and child-like…Some of the touches are so exquisite, one would have thought nothing short of intercourse with fairies could have put them into your head…" Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108913

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  9. Phantasmagoria and Other Poems.

    Phantasmagoria and Other Poems.

    First edition, second issue, with the cancel title page and page 87 correctly numbered as page 78 in the Table of Contents. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103015

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  10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.

    Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later printings (Alice's Adventures was first published in 1866; Alice Through the Looking Glass in 1872). Learn More
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112633

    Signed: Yes

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  11. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] Alice's Abentener in Wunderland.

    [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] Alice's Abentener in Wunderland.

    Ueberstezt von Antonie Zimmermann. Mit zweiundvierzig Illustrationen von John Tenniel.
    First German language edition, originally published in English in 1866. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 80206

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  12. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; French.] Aventures d'Alice au pays des Merveilles.

    [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; French.] Aventures d'Alice au pays des Merveilles.

    First edition in French. Dodgson hand-picked the translator, Henri Bué, who was the son of a French teacher and colleague of his at Oxford. This is the second foreign-language edition of Alice; it was preceded by the German translation earlier the same year. The binding on this copy has Macmillan in gold above the three lines at the foot of the spine. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108867

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  13. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

    [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

    Tradotte dall’ Inglese da T. Pietrocòla-Rossetti. Con 42 Vignette di Giovanni Tenniel.
    First Italian edition, second issue, with the Torino (Turin) imprint. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1872

    Published: Torino

    Stock Code: 108928

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  14. 116132
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116132

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  15. Autograph letter signed, regarding photographing children.
    signed

    Autograph letter signed, regarding photographing children.

    An extraordinary letter, in Dodgson's most elusive ironic mood, which provides a number of teasing hints for those seeking to understand the nature of his relationships with the children he photographed. The surname of the recipient has been obliterated with blank ink swirls over Dodgson's characteristic purple ink, but could possibly be Sewell. The letter reads in full: "Ch. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1877

    Published: Oxford,

    Stock Code: 68884

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. Fifty-fifth thousand.
    Sixth edition, presentation copy, in the notably rare presentation binding of gilt-stamped white boards in imitation of white morocco, with Dodgson's inscription in blue ink to Rhoda Liddell, sister of the original "Alice": "Rhoda Liddell, from the Author. Nov. 28, 1891." Rhoda Caroline Anne Liddell (b. Dec 1859) was the younger sister of Alice Liddell (b. Learn More
    £42,500

    Date of Publication: 1877

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108859

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  17. Autograph 15-line acrostic poem, signed and dated 18 January 1878.

    Autograph 15-line acrostic poem, signed and dated 18 January 1878.

    This unpublished and otherwise unrecorded acrostic poem was written by Dodgson for one of his child-friends, Jessie Josephine Scrivener, the first words of the lines spelling out "Jessie Josephine". Dodgson met Jessie after seeing her younger sister Sarah "Sallie" Caroline (1868-1956) perform on stage: "When I first saw Sallie she was the première danseuse in the ‘Children's Pantomime' at the Adelphi - a sweet looking and graceful creature: and when I made friends with the family, I found her quite as charming in real life as she had looked on the stage. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1877

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108950

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  18. Doublets: A Word Puzzle.

    Doublets: A Word Puzzle.

    First edition in book form. The game was invented by Dodgson for Julia and Ethel Arnold, "two little girls who found nothing to do" on Christmas Day 1877. It consists of transforming a given word into another, changing only one letter at a time, and forming a new word with each letter alteration; the winning chain was the one with the fewest links. The first puzzle, for example, was "Head" to "Tail" (head-heal-teal-tell-tall-tail), and appeared in the March issue of Vanity Fair in 1879. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108886

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  19. Alice and Other Fairy Plays for Children.

    Alice and Other Fairy Plays for Children.

    First edition of the first printed dramatic adaptation of the Alice stories, and the first version to appear without Tenniel's illustrations. The volume includes two illustrations of Alice and a picture initial of Alice by Mary Sibree. The play was "intended to be acted for children" (Cohen, p. 402) and includes scenes from both Alice books, together with musical settings for "Speak Roughly" and "Beautiful Soup". Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108887

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  20. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    signed

    Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    Second edition, presentation copy in the deluxe presentation binding, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Mary Frances Fuller, with the affectionate regards of her old friend the Author. Oct. 1882." Mary "Minnie" Francis Fuller (née Drury; 1859-1935) became one of Dodgson's child-friends, and a subject for his photographs and recipient of his poems. Learn More
    £27,500

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108873

    Signed: Yes

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