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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together - DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge.] CARROLL - 1872. [1279109]
London: Macmillan and Co., 1867 & 1872 - 2 volumes, octavo (121 × 179 mm). Bound by Riviere & Son in near-contemporary brown calf, twin morocco labels to spines lettered gilt, gilt decoration to spine compartments, gilt rules to boards, all edges and turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound-in at rear. Some light rubbing to extremities, some spotting to rear cover of Looking Glass. small crack to front hinges but still sound, occasional light foxing to contents. An excellent set. Illustrated throughout by Sir John Tenniel. First edition, first issue of Through the Looking-Glass (with the misspelling of "wabe" in the second line of the poem on p. 21), and early printing of Alice's Adventures (first published the preceding year). A handsomely bound set. Laid in is the printed leaflet "To all Child-Readers of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'", a letter of good wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Dodgson to his readers, dated 1871. As there is no specific mention of Through the Looking-Glass, Williams–Madan–Green–Crutch speculate that this little four-page leaflet could have been inserted in copies of the 1872 edition of Alice and also in copies of Through the Looking-Glass, published the same month as this. On 22 November 1871, Dodgson noted in his diary: "Heard from Menella Smedley, approving of the little Christmas address I had sent her in MS." Williams, Madan & Green 82; 84. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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