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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."
    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... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108952

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  2. 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... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 27704

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  3. 124743
    First published editions. The copies of the novelist Richard Adams, with his bookplate to the front free endpapers. Adams uses a quotation from Through the Looking Glass, alongside a quotation from Shakespeare, as the heading of the Epilogue to Watership Down: "He was part of my dream, of course - but then I was part of... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 124743

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  4. "Bruno's Revenge."
    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-likeSome 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

    Stock Code: 108913

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    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... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 112633

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  6. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.
    First Italian edition, second issue, with the Torino (Turin) imprint. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 108928

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  7. 126173
    First edition. Through the Looking-Glass was published for the Christmas market and bears the following year's date in its imprint. It was actually published in December 1871, in an edition of 9,000 copies. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 126173

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  8. 123137
    First edition in Italian, first impression, second binding. There are some key differences, as identified by Williams, Madan and Green, between this and the first binding: the rules to the covers are blind-stamped rather than gilt, the top edge only is gilt, rather than all the edges, and the endpapers are plain, rather... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 123137

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  9. Mischmasch.

    Mischmasch.

    Oxford: November 1882

    Mischmasch, a wordplay game for two players, was first published in The Monthly Packet in June 1881 (pp. 491-2). This is a revised anonymous reprint of that article, with some minor revisions. The article was originally credited to Lewis Carroll, rules 5 and 6 were transposed, and a note requesting comments and criticism... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 108889

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    First edition. A remarkable presentation copy inscribed by the author to John Tenniel on the half-title in purple ink: "J. Tenniel, with sincere regards from the Author. Dec. 7/83." Never a close personal friend of the author, Tenniel famously refused further commissions from Dodgson after Through the Looking-Glass, but... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 108890

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  11. i1
    Joy was what we hoped to meet,
    On that dreary day;
    And we sought her in..."> First edition. Presentation copy in the deluxe binding, inscribed by the author to Joanna de Morlot Pollock on the half-title, with a six line acrostic poem that spells "Joanna": "Joa Pollack from the Author: in memory of an Awful Afternoon.
    Joy was what we hoped to meet,
    On that dreary day;
    And we sought her in... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108891

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  12. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 112478

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  13. Christmas Greetings (from a Fairy to a Child).
    First separate edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in his customary purple ink, "Dorothea Winterbotham, from Lewis Carroll. A memento of Xmas, 1889." Dodgson only used his famous pseudonym in presentations to child-friends, as opposed to the usual "from the Author" inscription. Although he used the name of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 108914

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    First edition. The book consists of ten mathematical problems, which originally appeared in the Monthly Packet, between April 1880 and May 1885. Dodgson called the puzzles "knots" - a reference to the Alice's remark to the Mouse in Alice in Wonderland, "A knot! Oh, do let me help undo it!" Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 108896

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  15. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
    First edition. Presentation copy, in a deluxe presentation binding, complete with the plain dust jacket, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "E. F. Sampson, from the Author. Jan. 87." Edward Frank Sampson (1848-1918) was a Christ Church tutor and mathematician, also a long-standing friend and travelling companion... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 108940

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  16. 76687
    First and only edition, one of 5,000 copies printed of this facsimile of the first draft of Alice's Adventures in the author's hand (about 12,700 words compared to more than 26,700 in the published version), with his own illustrations, the later issue with white endpapers, apparently consisting of remainder sheets put into... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 76687

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  17. The Game of Logic.
    Second (first published) edition. Presentation copy, with an accompanying letter, inscribed by the author "Bessie Badcock, from the Author. Feb. 23, 1894." With the board and original envelope each additionally inscribed, "Bessie Badcock, from L.C." Together with an autograph letter signed ("C. L. Dodgson") to Bessie Badcock... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108947

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  18. The Nursery Alice.
    Second edition (the first published in the UK), first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, to "Ada Paine, from the Author. Mar. 25, 1890." Ada (Adelaide) Paine met Dodgson at Margate; the two exchanged correspondence, and Dodgson even consented to send her his portrait, averse though he was... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 108909

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  19. 50448
    First edition, first impression, third state, with the original illustration of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on page 34 with Alice's profile visible, overpriced with two shillings on the title page. Genuinely rare thus: copies are overwhelmingly met within the second printing. Ten thousand copies of the first print run were... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 50448

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  20. Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing.
    Charles Dodgson's annotated proof copy of the second edition, featuring his corrections in manuscript. The title page is inscribed by Dodgson in his customary violet ink, noting that the copy was corrected on "July 9, 1890. Please send fresh proof to no. 7 Lushington Road, Eastbourne." Dodgson's inked corrections throughout... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 108854

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  21. The Nursery Alice.
    Second edition (the first published in the UK), first issue. With a note inscribed by Dodgson, cut from a form and tipped-in to the half-title: "May, 1890. Charles L. Dodgson. Ch. Ch., Oxford." The most notable alteration between the first and second editions is the printing of the sheets on white rather than toned paper... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 114487

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  22. The Nursery Alice.
    First published edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Maggie Bowman from the Author. Mar. 31 1890". Dodgson took charge of Maggie Bowman during her stay in Oxford to act in Bootle's Baby (9 to 13 June 1889), and commemorated this event in his poem "Maggie's Visit to Oxford". Her older sister,... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 98292

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  23. Syzygies and Lanrick. A Word Puzzle and a Game for Two Players.
    First combined edition, published in an edition of 250 copies. Syzgies was first published, and reprinted separately, in 1891; Lanrick was first published in December 1880 in the Monthly Packet; this is the fourth and final edition of the rules for the game. Scarce. Dodgson at Auction 1893-1999 records only the author's... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 108924

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  24. The Nursery Alice.
    Second edition, second issue. As sales of the second edition and the People's Edition (the third issue of the first edition) were slow, Dodgson decided to re-issue the former, overprinted "Price One Shilling" with an ornamental bar over the earlier price. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 108911

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  25. The Lost Plum-Cake. A tale for tiny boys.
    Dodgson's own copy of the rare privately printed issue with his manuscript monogram, together with a pre-publication presentation copy of the first trade edition inscribed by him and an autograph letter signed. The trade edition is inscribed by Dodgson: "For Dorothy from Lewis Carroll. Christmas 1897," together with an accompanying... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 108927

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  26. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 107351

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  27. Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 3. The Cheshire Cat.
    First and only edition. The use of John Macfarlane is the only instance of Macmillan having licensed illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by an artist other than Tenniel. In its original format, the set of six was issued joined at the head as a kind of flipchart, most likely intended for classroom display. The posters could... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 68637

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  28. The Rectory Umbrella & Mischmasch.
    First edition, containing the text of the seventh and eighth of Dodgson's domestic magazines, which he wrote and illustrated in manuscript for his family between 1855 and 1862. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 108936

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  29. 114343comp
    Signed limited editions, both signed by the original "Alice", Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell). Each volume is one of 1,500 copies: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is number 1023, and signed by Alice on the second blank, and on the limitation page by typographer and binder Frederic Ward; Through the Looking Glass is number... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 114343

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  30. For the Train. Five Poems and a Tale.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies by the editor Hugh J. Schonfield on the limitation leaf. This collection of short pieces that originally appeared in The Train Magazine was published to celebrate Dodgson's 100th birthday. It includes his famous poem Solitude, for which "he... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 83903

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  31. The Hunting of the Snark. An Agony in Eight Fits.
    First edition, first impression. Signed on the title page by Steadman. The print is an edition of 150, signed by Steadman lower right and numbered lower left. Steadman's take on Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 85104

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  32. 110569
    £75

    Stock Code: 110569

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