First Edition of The Game of Logic; Inscribed by Lewis Carroll to His Nephew
The Game of Logic.
Carroll, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson).$7,800.00
Item Number: 26048
London: MacMillan and Co, 1887.
First trade edition. Octavo, original publisher’s red cloth. Inscribed by Lewis Carroll to his nephew, on the half-title in purple ink in the year of publication, “Bertram J. Collingwood with the Author’s love Mar. 87.” The volume contains the original envelope containing the playing board, with six of the nine rare counters. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities and a small repair to the spine. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
“The native acuteness and ingenuity of [Carroll’s] intellect led him to devote much attention to formal logic, in whose intricate puzzles he delighted, and he almost seemed to have convinced himself that it was an engine for the discovery of new truth, instead of a means of detecting error—that more could be got out of the premises than was put into them” (DNB). This first published edition was preceded only by an extremely small private printing in 1886 that Carroll suppressed.