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. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    New York : 1866

    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... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 116108

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

    London : 1868 & 1872

    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, together with an early edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this being from the 12th thousand, published just three years after the first edition of 1865, handsomely bound as a set by Bayntun of Bath. The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 145478

  3. 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

  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with] Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with] Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1872 & 1879

    An attractively bound set of early editions of Carroll's classic works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 59th thousand, and Through the Looking-Glass the 27th thousand. These books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts of imaginative genius but they also revolutionized writing for children" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148042

  5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1880-81

    Sixth edition. A beautifully bound set of Dodgson's classic works.

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    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 122169

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

    London : 1887

    Third edition, presentation copy to the child actress who appeared in the first professional stage performance of "Alice". Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Presented to Georgina Martin by Lewis Carroll as a memento of her having taken part in the DreamPlay 'Alice in Wonderland' written by H. Savile Clarke and first produced Christmas, 1886." Following... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 108874

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    CARROLL, Lewis. The Game of Logic.

    London : 1887

    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 presenting this copy, also... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 108947

  9. Sylvie and Bruno [together with:] Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Sylvie and Bruno [together with:] Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.

    London : 1889-93

    First editions, first impressions, handsomely bound. "Late in life Dodgson published Sylvie and Bruno (1889) and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893), two long, complicated novels depicting three realms of being. Essentially love stories, they contain some imaginative flights that sparkle, but, where Dodgson in the Alice books eschewed any moral lesson,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 148450

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

    London : 1889

    First edition, first impression, third issue, 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 in the second edition.

    Ten thousand copies of the first print run were printed by Edward Evans on... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 50448

  11. 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

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

    London : [1907]

    Deluxe limited edition, number 263 of 1,130 numbered copies, of which 1,100 were for sale, with the last 30 reserved for presentation. Published when the book came out of copyright in 1907, this deluxe edition was issued unsigned, as Rackham was out of the country at the time. For the first time, Rackham's plates were distributed at the appropriate... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 138673

  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

  14. Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 2. The Dodo presenting the thimble to Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis - MACFARLANE, John (illus.) Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 2. The Dodo presenting the thimble to Alice.

    London : [c.1910]

    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 be mounted on an easel and... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138682

  15. Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 5. The Mock Turtle tells his Tale.
    CARROLL, Lewis - MACFARLANE, John (illus.) Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 5. The Mock Turtle tells his Tale.

    London : [c.1910]

    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 be mounted on an easel and... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 68639

  16. Collection of original ink drawings for Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
    CARROLL, Lewis - FOLKARD, Charles (illus.). Collection of original ink drawings for Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

    [1921]

    Collection of original preliminary artworks by Charles Folkard for the songbook "Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass". First published in 1921 by A. & C. Black, London, the book featured Carroll's words put to music by Lucy Etheldred Broadwood and illustrated throughout by Folkard. This collection contains:

    1. Watercolour... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 110506

  17. Some Rare Carrolliana.
    CARROLL, Lewis - WILLIAMS, Sidney Herbert (ed.) Some Rare Carrolliana.

    London : 1924

    First and sole edition, number 24 of 75 copies signed by the editor on Abbey Mills antique paper; a further 4 copies signed on hand made paper were also issued. Williams was a renowned Carroll scholar and author of the first major bibliography of Carroll, The Lewis Carroll Handbook (1924). Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140563

  18. Alice in Wonderland.
    LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.

    Paris : 1930

    First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).

    "For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136578

  19. Alice in Wonderland.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.

    London : [c.1933]

    First Sexton edition, one of the more uncommon of the colour illustrated editions of Alice, and especially so in the jacket. Sexton's illustrations mark a distinct approach to illustrating the tale, with Alice presented much older - almost a young teenager - than usual. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 139427

  20. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    New York : 1935

    Signed limited edition, number 599 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139136

  21. The Complete Works.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Complete Works.

    London : 1939

    First one-volume edition published by Nonesuch. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 140202

  22. The Complete Works.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Complete Works.

    New York : [c.1940]

    A handsomely bound volume of Carroll's works complete in one volume. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139188

  23. The Complete Alice & The Hunting of the Snark.
    STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. The Complete Alice & The Hunting of the Snark.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression, signed and dated 2009 by Steadman on the half-title and with his signature sad-face drawing. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 135453

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