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The Nursery "Alice"

containing twenty coloured enlargements from Tenniel's Illustrations to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with text adapted to nursery readers.

London: Macmillan and Co. 1889 Stock Code: 50448
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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 toned paper. Dodgson rejected the entire edition in sheets as the pictures were "far too bright and gaudy" and instructed they should be reprinted. The casings prepared had Alice asleep beneath a tree on the front cover and a picture of the March Hare on the back. Four thousand copies of the rejected sheets were sent to the United States and the book was published with a tipped-in preliminary leaf and title page dated 1890. After the publication of the second edition in 1891, unsold copies of the first edition were bound up and overprinted "People's Edition, Price Two Shillings" at the head of the title page, but not redated, as in this copy.

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Quarto. Original white cloth-backed pictorial boards, titles to front cover in red and black, orange endpapers.


Mechanical enlargements of 20 of John Tenniel's illustrations, enlarged from the originals and printed in colour; text printed in brown ink. Cover illustrations by E. G. Thomson.


Wear to corners and head and foot of spine, spine darkened, some light foxing to preliminaries, some internal finger marks, diagonal crease to page 36.


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