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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking Glass
New York: The Limited Editions Club,, 1932 & 1835. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's red and blue full levant morocco, spines gilt in compartments with tools based on Tenniel's illustrations, boards elaborately gilt stamped, all edges gilt. Housed in the publisher's red and blue cloth slipcases. Frontispiece and engraved title to each volume and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel. Slightly rubbed at the extremities, spines a little faded. An excellent set. Limited editions, each volume one of only 1500 numbered copies of the Centennial Edition. The first work is singed by the original Alice, "Alice Hargreaves" (neƩ Liddell). This copy includes, intriguingly, the initial card notice and also the full typed letter (dated April 15 1932) from the Limited Editions Club to its members, describing their negotiations with Alice in asking her to sign the Centennial edition, and including a copy of Captain C. L. Hargreaves (her son)'s reply, in which he insists that his mother only sign a very few copies, since "she has made it an unbroken lifelong rule never to sign her name merely in the role of the original Alice in any books or letters or autograph books or anything else. This being the case, you will realize that, apart from the great effort of doing such a thing at her age, it would be a very special favour for her to autograph your edition, and would make it absolutely unique." Work 2 has the bookplate of Frank Rea Sloan, Jr., and has laid in a contemporary newspaper clipping of a poem entitled "White Queen: Written for the Lewis Carroll Centenary".
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2013-07-20           Check availability:      Biblio    


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