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CARROLL, Lewis

CARROLL, Lewis

Rare books by Lewis Carroll, including first editions, signed first editions, and finely bound copies of Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Lewis Carroll” was the nom-de-plume of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer, best known to book collectors (and children everywhere) as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), perhaps the best known children’s book in the language and certainly one of the most influential. After Alice, no children’s book could afford to be stuffy, didactic, or entirely free of fantasy again.

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  1. Index to "In Memoriam."
    First edition of one of Dodgson's earliest publications in book form. Endorsed by Tennyson, this anonymous index to his Elegy on Arthur Hallam was suggested and edited by Dodgson, though "one or more of his sisters chiefly compiled the work." The Index was also issued in sheets for binding with In Memoriam, by then in its... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108952

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  2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    First published editions, first issue of Through the Looking-Glass (with the misspelling of "wabe" on p. 21). Famously, the original printing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was recalled by Dodgson. For the first published edition the book was entirely reset by Richard Clay and was published in November 1865, although... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 109266

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  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    First edition, second issue: the first practicably obtainable issue of the original sheets, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with the Appleton cancel title page. The issue consisted of 1,000 copies, using the first printing sheets but with new tipped-in title pages also printed at the Clarendon... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 109946

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  4. "Bruno's Revenge."
    First edition of the story that formed the nucleus for Sylvie and Bruno. The editor, Margaret Gatty, was delighted: "the story is delicious. It is beautiful and fantastic and child-like Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 108913

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  5. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
    Sixty-second thousand. First published in 1865. Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 111926

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  6. Phantasmagoria and Other Poems.
    First edition, second issue, with the cancel title page and page 87 correctly numbered as page 78 in the Table of Contents. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 103015

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  7. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; French.] Aventures d'Alice au pays des Merveilles.
    First edition in French. Dodgson hand-picked the translator, Henri Bué, who was the son of a French teacher and colleague of his at Oxford. This is the second foreign-language edition of Alice; it was preceded by the German translation earlier the same year. The binding on this copy has Macmillan in gold above the three... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108867

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  8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.
    Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 112633

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  9. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 108928

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  10. Autograph 15-line acrostic poem, signed and dated 18 January 1878.
    This unpublished and otherwise unrecorded acrostic poem was written by Dodgson for one of his child-friends, Jessie Josephine Scrivener, the first words of the lines spelling out "Jessie Josephine". Dodgson met Jessie after seeing her younger sister Sarah "Sallie" Caroline (18681956) perform on stage: "When I first saw Sallie... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108950

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  11. Autograph letter signed, regarding photographing children.
    An extraordinary letter, in Dodgson's most elusive ironic mood, which provides a number of teasing hints for those seeking to understand the nature of his relationships with the children he photographed. The surname of the recipient has been obliterated with blank ink swirls over Dodgson's characteristic purple ink, but... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 68884

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  12. Doublets: A Word Puzzle.
    First edition in book form. The game was invented by Dodgson for Julia and Ethel Arnold, "two little girls who found nothing to do" on Christmas Day 1877. It consists of transforming a given word into another, changing only one letter at a time, and forming a new word with each letter alteration; the winning chain was the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108886

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  13. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    Second edition, presentation copy in the deluxe presentation binding, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Mary Frances Fuller, with the affectionate regards of her old friend the Author. Oct. 1882." Mary "Minnie" Francis Fuller (née Drury; 1859-1935) became one of Dodgson's child-friends, and a subject for his photographs... Learn More
    £27,500

    Stock Code: 108873

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  14. Mischmasch.
    Mischmasch, a wordplay game for two players, was first published in The Monthly Packet in June 1881 (pp. 4912). This is a revised anonymous reprint of that article, with some minor revisions. The article was originally credited to Lewis Carroll, rules 5 and 6 were transposed, and a note requesting comments and criticism... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 108889

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  15. Rhyme? And Reason?
    First edition. Presentation copy in the deluxe binding, inscribed by the author to Joanna de Morlot Pollock on the half-title, with a six line acrostic poem that spells "Joanna": "Joa Pollack from the Author: in memory of an Awful Afternoon. brJoy was what we hoped to meet,brOn that dreary day;brAnd we sought her in the... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108891

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  16. Rhyme? And Reason?
    First edition, one of only five known copies in the rare vellum presentation binding, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Lady Maud Wolmer with the sincere regards of the Author. Feb. 9, 1884." Lady Maud Wolmer (née Cecil) was the elder daughter of future Prime Minister Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. She... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 108894

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  17. Rhyme? And Reason?
    First edition in the rare publisher's vellum binding for presentation. Presentation copy inscribed by Dodgson on the half-title in purple ink: "Emmie Wyper, with the affectionate regards of her old friend the Author. November 14 1885." Emily ("Emmie") Wyper née Draper first met Dodgson with her two sisters, Minnie and... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 108943

    signed

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  18. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
    Third edition of Alice in a fine binding. First published in 1865. Learn More
    £2,850

    Stock Code: 105763

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  19. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland; [together with:] Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There.
    Alice in Wonderland is tenth thousand and Through the Looking Glass is a first edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 112478

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