The Nursery Alice.London: Macmillan and Co., 1890 Stock Code: 108909
Inscribed by the authorSecond 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 letter he took care to ask that her "ordinary acquaintances are not told anything about the name 'Lewis Carroll'" (Collingwood, The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll). 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 of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on p. 34, removing Alice's profile. The first issue has "Price four shillings" above the imprint.
Tall octavo. Original white cloth-backed white glazed pictorial boards designed by E. Gertrude Thomson, title to front cover red and black. With the original plain paper dust jacket. Housed in a custom red linen chemise and red cloth slipcase.
Colour frontispiece with tissue-guard, 19 colour illustrations after John Tenniel.
Spine gently rolled, minor wear to tips and board edges, some faint soiling to boards, spotting to edges of text block; an excellent, bright copy in the jacket with a little spotting and short closed tear to spine panel.
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