DODGSON, C. L. (CARROLL, Lewis)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Published: London: Macmillan & Co., 1868.

Date: 1868

PRESENTATION COPY. 1 vol., thirteenth thousand. illustrated by Tenniel, inscribed by Dodgson in black ink on the half-title "John Proctor, Esq/ from the Author/ Oct. 1868". Bound in the publisher's gilt stamped red cloth, spine relined, spine and covers a bit grubby, corners rubbed, dark green pastedowns and endpapers, all edges gilt, Burn binders ticket to rear pastedown.

Note
In political caricature John Tenniel remained the leading artist of his day. Proctor was a political cartoonist, working profusely for "Judy" and later "Fun". A capable critic expressed his opinion that Proctor's work was superior to Tenniel's John (Puck) Proctor was mentioned as an artist approached by Dodgson to illustrate "Through the Looking-Glass" after Tenniel's initial refusal (he finally relented). There is a letter from Proctor to Dodgson (Carroll) turning down the offer in the Dodgson Family archives. On 8 April 1868: Carroll reported Tenniel's warning that there was "no chance of his being able to do pictures for me until the year after next, if then. I must now try Noel Paton." On 19 May 1868: Noel Paton urged Carroll to persist with Tenniel. So did Ruskin. On 18 June 1868: Tenniel finally made what Carroll described as a "kind of offer to do the pictures (at such spare time as he can find)". This presentation copy of Alice we assume to be a form of consolation or thank you to Proctor.

Illustrated
John Tenniel

Condition
Some minor thumbing/soiling to a few pages, not as bad as it may sound.

Binding
Hardcover

US$6500

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