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
Signed by the original AliceSigned 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.
The author first told the stories of what would become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Alice and her sisters on a rowing trip in 1862. Alice encouraged him 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 (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.
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.
Frontispiece and engraved title to each volume and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel.
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.
Williams-Madan-Green, pp. 223 & 233.
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