[DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (1832-1898)] - LEWIS CARROLL
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [and] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
London: Macmillan, 1866; 1872. 8vo. (7 x 4 5/8 inches). Frontispieces and 90 illustrations by John Tenniel. Both with original cloth covers bound at the rear.
Uniformly rebound by Root & Son in crushed red morocco imitating the original cloth designs with White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts in gilt on front covers, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, others with a repeat decoration in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.
A fine pair of the greatest children's books of all time, handsomely bound by Root & Son, with their original cloth covers bound at the rear.
The "Alice" is the first published (second overall) edition, with the 's' on the contents page in the corrected state. It was initially printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in 1865, but Carroll recalled those copies upon learning that the book's illustrator was unhappy with the quality of the printing. Those twenty-three original "1865 Alices" had gone out mostly to his friends and some hospitals and now exist predominantly in institutional holdings. The present Macmillan edition was entirely reset by Richard Clay and is the earliest edition of "Alice" that can be reasonably obtained. Although it is dated 1866, this edition was actually ready by November 1865 and 4,000 copies were printed, just in time for the Christmas season. "Alice is, in a word, a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete" (Carpenter & Prichard, 102). The sequel, "Looking-Glass," is a first edition, second issue, with the verse on page 21 corrected. It was similarly printed in a run of 9,000 copies in December 1871, though it bears the year 1872 in its imprint. It is the sequel which includes the famous "Jabberwocky" verse and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Incidentally, it was the first of the "Alice" stories to receive widespread popularity and prompted a newfound appreciation for its predecessor when it was published.
Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 46; Printing and the Mind of Man 354.