Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

"How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail. And pour the waters of the Nile, on every golden scale": Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.



Item Number: 133665

London: Macmillan and Co, 1927.

Finely bound examples of these timeless children’s classics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, illustrated by John Tenniel. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.

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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