Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

"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 by Bayntun of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

CARROLL, Lewis [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson].

Item Number: 110356

London: MacMillan and Co, 1897.

Finely bound example of Carroll’s classic work. Octavo, bound by Bayntun in full crushed red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt turn-ins, original cloth covers and spines bound in. Illustrated by John Tenniel, text illustrated.

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).

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