|CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland. London: Macmillon, 1868. Octavo, original red
cloth recased. WITH: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found
There. London Macmillon, 1872. Octavo, original red decorated cloth
rebacked with original spine laid-down. Very handsomely boxed (box not
Two of the worlds most beloved
children's books, each inscribed by Lewis Carroll.
"Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland and its hardly less famous sequel Through the Looking
Glass, although ostensibly written for children... are unique among
'juveniles' in appealing equally if not more strongly to adults. Written
by an Oxford don, a clergyman, and a professional mathematician, they
abound in characters- the White Knight, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter,
Humpty Dumpty- who are part of everybody's mental furniture. And the
philosophic profundity of scores, if not hundreds, of these characters'
observations, long household words wherever English is spoken, gains
mightily from the delicious fantasy of their setting" (Printing
and the Mind of Man, 354).
Alice in Wonderland is an 1868
edition, the "Eleventh Thousand", two years after the first
authorized edition and inscribed, "Harriet Selina Watson / from the
Author"; Through the Looking Glass is the "Eleventh
Thousand" printed in 1872, the same year as the first edition, and
inscribed: "George T. Hine and Mrs. Hine/ with the Author's /
Kindest regards / June 3, 1872." Signed copies of Alice
and Looking Glass are rare, with inscribed editions of Alice,
in particular, extremely scarce and when found and most often much later
editions. We can locate records for only two earlier inscribed copies
having appeared for sale in the last twenty years: a rebound 1867
edition, the "Eighth Thousand", and the famous Jerome Kern
copy of the first edition signed. Both books with usual wear to fragile
cloth. A most desirable and rare set of two of the most important books
in children's book collecting.