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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. "Bruno's Revenge."
    CARROLL, Lewis. "Bruno's Revenge."

    London : 1867

    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
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 108913

  2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.

    London : 1869 & 1885

    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... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 112633

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

    Torino : 1872

    First Italian edition, second issue, with the Torino (Turin) imprint. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108928

  4. Mischmasch.
    CARROLL, Lewis. 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 was appended. The game requires... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 108889

  5. Rhyme? And Reason?
    CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?

    London : 1883

    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 the street -

    Never... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 108891

  6. Rhyme? And Reason?
    CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?

    London : 1883

    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 out of respect Dodgson kept him... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 108890

  7. Christmas Greetings (from a Fairy to a Child).
    CARROLL, Lewis. Christmas Greetings (from a Fairy to a Child).

    [London : 1884]

    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 Lewis Carroll to avoid all... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 108914

  8. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

    London and New York : 1886

    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 covers perhaps as late as... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 76687

  9. The Nursery Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890

    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 to publicity. In the accompanying... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 108909

  10. The Nursery Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890

    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 and the change to the illustration... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 114487

  11. Syzygies and Lanrick. A Word Puzzle and a Game for Two Players.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Syzygies and Lanrick. A Word Puzzle and a Game for Two Players.

    London : 1893

    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 own copy selling at auction (George... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 108924

  12. The Nursery Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890 [1896]

    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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 108911

  13. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    London : [1907]

    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
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 107351

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