Lot 43: (CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.) CARROLL, LEWIS [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland * Through the Looking-Glass.
November 10, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.) CARROLL, LEWIS [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland * Through the Looking-Glass. Together, 2 volumes. Half-titles. Frontispiece in each volume and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel. 8vo, publisher's red cloth gilt, rebacked with original spines laid-down, all edges gilt, scattered soiling, corners soft; Alice's Adventures with bound in copy of "An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves Alice" to front endpaper; closed tear touching letters repaired on pp. 121-22, Pamela and Raymond Lister bookplate to front pastedown. Looking-Glass a first issue, with "wade" for "wabe" on page 21; bound by Burn & Co. with their ticket, 1-page publisher advertisement and 3-page copy of "To All Child-Readers of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" bound in at end; preserved in folding cloth case. London: Macmillan, 1866 [i.e. 1871]; 1872
Notes: signed presentation copies to bessie slatter. Alice's Adventures is the 1871 edition with a half-title, frontis, and title-page for the 1866 edition tipped-in. Each copy inscribed on the half-title, "Bessie Slatter, from the Author" (Alice), and "Elizabeth Anne Slatter, from the Author, Christmas 1871" (Looking-Glass). One of 100 presentation copies Carroll sent on 8 December 1871. John Slatter, Curate of Sandford-on-Thames, Vicar of Streatley, and Rector of Whitchurch; his wife, mother, and daughter Elizabeth ("Bessie") were close friends of the author, who visited and photographed them (Letters, Cohen ed., I:46, note 4).