Christmas Greetings (from a Fairy to a Child).[London: Macmillan and Co., 1884] Stock Code: 108914
NotesFirst 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 personal publicity, Dodgson "broke his rule of disavowal often, usually with children whose friendships had ripened to the point where he wished to confide in them, to share a great secret with them, but sometimes even earlier, when he was in pursuit and he rightly assumed that the fame of the author of the Alice books would help to break the ice with the parents of likely candidates" (Cohen, p. 191). Originally written in 1867, this short poem was first published in 1869, when it appeared in Phantasmagoria with slight variations. This poem also appears as the final text on the last page of his 1886 facsimile, Alice's Adventures Under Ground (1886). Provenance: Private Collection of Justin Schiller, Christie's New York, Wednesday 9 December 1998, Lot 15. In a plastic sleeve with the Schiller bookplate.
Sextodecimo (16mo), single leaf, printed on one side only. Unbound as issued, printed on paper watermarked "E. Towgood Fine".
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