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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .. with forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel

New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1866. Octavo. (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches). [12], 192pp. Half-title. Wood-engraved frontispiece and 41 vignette illustrations, all by the Dalziel brothers after Sir John Tenniel.

Publisher's red cloth, covers with triple gilt-ruled borders and central gilt vignettes, spine lettered in gilt, expert repairs to joints and head and tail of spine, covers with minor staining. Housed in a red morocco box.

The first American edition of one of the greatest children's books of all time.

This is the first edition, second issue of Dodgson's classic and the first edition to be published in America. The first edition was printed in an edition of 2,000 copies by the Clarendon Press in 1865, but the illustrator John Tenniel was unhappy with the quality of the printing of the illustrations and the whole edition was recalled, accounting for its great rarity. A second edition was then printed by a different printer with a title page dated 1866, and this became the first published edition in England. Concurrently, an offer was made from America to buy the sheets of the remaining copies of the first editon. Neither Dodgson nor Tenniel were concerned about the American distribution and agreed to the deal, sending enough sheets of the recalled first edition for 1,952 copies to be issued by Appleton's, with a substitute title dated New York, 1866 (as here). There are two states of this cancel-title but no priority has been assigned to one or the other. The present example has the title in Livingston's second variant form with the first word "By" directly above the "C" in "Carroll", and the "B" in the second "By" slightly to the right of the "T" in "Tenniel". In addition gathering [b] is in its "A" setting with the words 'Rabbit Hole" now hyphenated in the contents list on p.[xii].

Cf. Williams, Madan, Green & Crutch 44 & 45; cf. Livingston pp.12-13.

Item #38200

Price: $9,500.00