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Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there.

Boston: Lee and Shepard; New York: Lee, Shepard, and Dillingham, 1872 Stock Code: 148766
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First American edition, first impression ("wade" for "wabe" on page 21), of Carroll's second Alice book. It is now thought that this edition comprises the true first edition.

Writing in the Grolier Club catalogue for the Jon A. Lindseth Collection of C.L. Dodgson and Lewis Carroll in 1998, Selwyn H. Goodacre notes that "the story of the American publication of Through the Looking-Glass in 1872 has only recently become clear". It appears that there is "a strong likelihood that the Lee and Shepard, 1872 American first edition... predated the English first edition". Lee and Shepard made their own arrangements to purchase the book directly from Macmillan and a letter survives from Macmillan noting that "the shipment now made is considerably in advance of both those we are to send to our house in New York and of the English publication." As Goodacre concludes, "This must mean that the Lee and Shepard, the New York Macmillan, and the London Macmillan issues are all separate issues of the first edition - and it would seem that Lee and Shepard has the priority".

This copy has a contemporary inscription in pencil on the preliminary blank, dated January 1872. Dodgson himself only received copies of the Macmillan issue on 6 December 1871.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, triple gilt fillets to covers with gilt vignette centrepieces, brown endpapers. Housed in a custom green quarter morocco box with green cloth sides.


With wood-engraved illustrations by John Tenniel.


Book label to front free endpaper. Head and foot of spine slightly bumped, rear corners worn, covers slightly rubbed but still bright. Consistent light browning with heavy browning to leaves I8 and K1, some gatherings small hole to front hinge, else a very good copy.


Williams Madan, Green and Crutch, p. 64. Selwyn H. Goodacre, "Lewis Carroll comes to America", Yours very sincerely C. L. Dodgson..., New York, The Grolier Club, 1998


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