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CARROLL, Lewis.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking Glass.

Illustrated by John Tenniel.

New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1932 & 1935 Stock Code: 142414
£3,750.00

Signed by the original Alice

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Notes

Signed limited editions, Through the Looking Glass signed by the original "Alice", Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell), Wonderland signed by the typographer and binder Frederic Ward, as issued; numbers 868 and 366 respectively, each from an edition of 1,500 copies.
Carroll first told the stories of what would become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to his daughters on a rowing trip in 1862. Alice encouraged her father to write the stories down, and he eventually presented her the manuscript in 1864, publishing Wonderland the following year. With the phenomenal success of the book and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass (first published 1871), Alice became famous, and she was dogged by autograph hunters for the rest of her life, requests which she steadfastly refused. It was only in the 1930s, by which time she was in her eighties, that she agreed to sign copies of the adventures of her namesake, collaborating with the Limited Editions Club for these signed limited editions.

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Description

2 works, octavo. Publisher's red morocco and blue calf, spines gilt in compartments with tools based on Tenniel's illustrations, boards elaborately gilt stamped, edges gilt. With the publisher's red and blue cloth slipcases.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and engraved title to each volume and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel.

Condition

With the publisher's promotional leaflet loosely inserted in Through the Looking Glass. Adventures in Wonderland a near-fine copy with light rubbing at spine ends; Through the Looking Glass with chip at head of spine else a very good copy; both with fresh, clean contents. Both slipcases a little rubbed, but holding without splits.

Bibliography

Williams-Madan-Green, pp. 223 & 233.

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