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Rhyme? And Reason?

London : Macmillan and Co., 1883 Stock Code: 108890
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Remarkable presentation copy inscribed by the author to John Tenniel, the illustrator of Alice in Wonderland

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 on his list for presentation copies of his later titles. Dodgson received the first 12 copies of Rhyme? And Reason? on publication day, and sent this copy out in the first batch of presentations the following day.

Provenance: (1) sold at auction, Sotheby's London, 3 Dec. 1915, 6 to renowned New York bookseller George D. Smith (1879-1920); 2) his sale, Anderson Galleries New York, 24-25 May 1920. Smith had purchased at Sotheby's several other Carroll titles inscribed to Tenniel, which were also in his Anderson Galleries sale.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, covers with central gilt devices, spine lettered in gilt, three-line gilt ruled borders and at head and tail of spine, dark green coated endpapers, all edges yellow. Housed in a custom purple morocco-backed solander box and chemise.


Frontispiece with tissue-guard, illustrated in the text throughout, 24 full-page.


Spine slightly rolled, extremities a little rubbed, spine and edges dust-soiled, marks of bookplates removed from both pastedowns, offsetting from tissue guard onto frontispiece and title, text block cracked between pp. 80-1 but holding; overall a very good copy.


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