CARROLL, Lewis [pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge DODGSON] (1832-1898), [TENNIEL, John, illustrator].

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With 42 illustrations by John Tenniel.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., 1866.

Date: 1866

Octavo, pp.[xii]; 192. Elegantly hand-bound by Trevor Lloyd in red full morocco with raised bands, gilt to spine, exquisite tooled rabbit design to upper cover with coloured leather onlays, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with the original cloth covers preserved at rear. Occasional marks within, a few leaves with some expert paper conservation, neat repaired tear to p.30. Overall a very good copy in a beautifully executed binding. FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION of 'Alice in Wonderland.' Lewis Carroll disliked the edition published in 1865 so much that he had them all recalled and sent to the U.S.A. where the title pages were removed and new American ones inserted. Carroll's annoyance was with the typography and general look of the book. The illustrator, Tenniel, also complained that his illustrations were not being done justice. It is estimated that no more than 20 of the 1865 issues escaped. They are mostly now held in institutional collections. The new sheets were issued in the UK the following year. It is uncertain whether the edition comprised two thousand or four thousand copies; the book remains scarce and desirable.

Williams, Madan, Green [46]


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