"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?": Finely bound Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Carroll, Lewis. [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson].$6,800.00
Item Number: 69005
London: MacMillan and Co, 1872.
Octavo, two volumes, uniformly bound by Bayntun Riviere in full crushed red morocco, all edges gilt, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, emblematic gilt spine compartments, raised bands, gilt turn-ins, inlaid panel of black, white, green, purple, and brown of Father William on the cover of Alice in Wonderland, inlaid figure of the Mad Hatter on front cover of Through the Looking Glass. Marbled endpapers, original cloth bindings tipped in to rear of each volume. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an early printing. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There is a first edition, first issue with ‘wade’ for ‘wabe’ on page 21. Illustrated by John Tenniel, text illustrated. A stunning set.
Alice's Adventures were "born on a golden afternoon" in July 1862, when the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) took the three small daughters of Dean Liddell of Christ Church on a boating trip up the Isis. Carroll delighted the three children by relating Alice's adventures, and eventually promised his favorite among the three, Alice Liddell, to write the story down for her. Through the Looking-Glass can be seen as a mirror image of the Alice's Adventures. For example, the latter begins outdoors in the warmth of May 4 and uses the imagery of playing cards, while the former begins indoors on a snowy, cold November 4 and uses the imagery of chess. "The two Alice books completed the reinstatement of the imagination, so long disapproved of by the opponents of fairy stories, to its proper place. Alice is, in a word, a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete" (Carpenter & Prichard, 102).