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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 6th thousand (3rd edn). WITH: Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there.
Macmillan & Co. 1867-1872. FIRST EDITION. Half titles, fronts, illus. by John Tenniel, final ad. leaf vol. II; small closed tear in outer margin of half title vol. II, neatly repaired with archival tape. Finely rebound in recent full vellum, spines lettered in gilt, boards with triple-ruled gilt borders, front boards with central vignette illus. of Alice in gilt. a.e.g. v.g. in custom-made grey folding cloth box, dec. in gilt. With the two volumes is an original black-&-white photograph of Ella Monier-Williams, taken by Dodgson. In the photograph, Ella, a little girl of around six years old, is seated on a deep sofa, leaning against one of the arms, facing to the right. The albumen print has been mounted on to card in the style of a carte de visite, and inscribed on the verso, 'Ella Monier Williams, photograph taken by Lewis Carroll'. Ella was the daughter of Monier Monier-Willams, a professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford, with whom Dodgson was acquainted. A loosely inserted photocopied extract from Dodgson's diary, shows that he dined with the professor on May 1st 1866, and noticing his little girl, expressed a wish to photograph her. This he did on the 24th of the month, and several more times over the subsequent few weeks. Another loosely inserted photocopied note, which includes reproductions of two more photographs of Ella taken around the same time, suggests she 'gave him the suggestion for one of his drawings of "Alice"'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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