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CARROLL, Lewis.

Phantasmagoria.

And Other Poems.

London, Macmillan and Co., 1869 Stock Code: 137829
£3,750.00

Inscribed to a phantasmagorical artist

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Notes

First edition, first issue. One of 28 presentation copies sent out by Dodgson on 7 Januray 1869, inscribed by the author in brown ink on the half-title: "T. Heaphy, Esq. with the Author's Kind regards. Jan. 1869". The recipient was Thomas Frank Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), a well regarded portrait and narrative painter whose name figures heavily in Dodgson's journal entries for late 1868 and 1869. Dodgson had introduced himself to the artist for he admired him and his painting of a ghost-lady he had seen; a fitting ghostly gift, as "the word Phantasmagoria was invented in 1802, and seems to mean a Gathering of Ghosts" (Crutch). A wonderful association copy.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in gilt, boards with celestial motifs in gilt representing the Crab Nebula in Taurus and Donati's Comet, double gilt rules to boards, all edges gilt, brown coated endpapers. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell box with titles in silver to faux-leather spine label.

Condition

Binder's ticket (Burn & Co) to rear pastedown. Spine ends a trifle bumped, two small worm holes to front joint, somewhat rubbed and darkened, rear hinge cracked but firm, occasional faint spotting and finger-soiling, but without ownership marks. A very good copy indeed, the contents clear and the binding square.

Bibliography

Williams-Madan-Green-Crutch 68.

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