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Phantasmagoria
Macmillan & Co. 1896 - Phantasmagoria, by Lewis Carroll, was first published in 1869 by Macmillan and Co, London. This is the rare first state of the first edition of this book (with no mention of Alice on title page). PHANTASMAGORA is an organized set of poems published under both the titles Rhyme? and Reason? and Phantasmagoria. It is Lewis Carroll's longest poem. It is a narrative written in seven cantos between a ghost (a Phantom) and a man named Tibbets. Carroll portrays the ghost as not so different from human beings. Ghosts may gibber and jangle their chains, but they, like us, simply have a job to do. Their job is to haunt. And, of course, woven into all of this is Lewis Carroll’s great wit, his sense of intellectual challenge, and his charm. This book has a gold embossed cover illustration and gold embossed edges and spine on a blue background. The boards are in good to very good condition with the gilt still bright crisp and clear -- they really gleam in the sunlight. There is some normal shelf wear on the lower edges of teh boards. The spine gilt has faded just a bit but is still clear, and there is a bit of rubbing/scuffing on the spine, especially at the spine ends. There is also some splitting of the chocolate pastedown/first free end paper at the joint (see photo). The page edges are gilt and they, too, are still bright and crisp. Now the internal text itself: there are original author’s bookplates on the inside front and rear endpapers (which are made of heavy brown paper). And the half title page has some foxing. But once you reach the title page, the pages are in very good condition with no marks, creases, folds or other problems. So overall this is a very good first state of the first edition of Lewis Carroll’s Phantasmagoria – a copy that would make any Carroll fan proud to own. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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