1866 1st Alice in Wonderland Carroll Tenniel + SIGNED Dodgson Letter Macmillan

CARROLL, Lewis

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“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.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

An incredibly rare example of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

 

Lewis Carroll’s landmark masterpiece, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ was first published in 1865. This fascinating fantasy tale of a young girl falling down a rabbit hole, is surely one of the most iconic pieces of literature for all time. It has been adapted into many different versions of film, most notably by Disney in 1951.

 

An incredible first edition of “Alice in Wonderland” featuring forty-two of Tenniel’s bizarre, cartoon illustrations. Tenniel’s illustrations are often considered the best of the ‘Alice’ illustrations. This earliest printing (the only earlier & more rare is the repressed examples that sell for millions of dollars) is scarce and highly desirable!

 

A 2021 Christies auction record indicates that this same edition was realized at $44,000! Furthermore, this particular example comes with a handwritten letter from C.L. Dodgson (i.e. Lewis Carroll) to the publisher Macmillan regarding the authorship of other books.

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1866 1st Alice in Wonderland Carroll Tenniel + SIGNED Dodgson Letter Macmillan

 

“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.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

An incredibly rare example of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

 

Lewis Carroll’s landmark masterpiece, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ was first published in 1865. This fascinating fantasy tale of a young girl falling down a rabbit hole, is surely one of the most iconic pieces of literature for all time. It has been adapted into many different versions of film, most notably by Disney in 1951.

 

An incredible first edition of “Alice in Wonderland” featuring forty-two of Tenniel’s bizarre, cartoon illustrations. Tenniel’s illustrations are often considered the best of the ‘Alice’ illustrations. This earliest printing (the only earlier & more rare is the repressed examples that sell for millions of dollars) is scarce and highly desirable!

 

A 2021 Christies auction record indicates that this same edition was realized at $44,000! Furthermore, this particular example comes with a handwritten letter from C.L. Dodgson (i.e. Lewis Carroll) to the publisher Macmillan regarding the authorship of other books.

 

Item number: #18752

Price: $15,000

 

CARROLL, Lewis

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel.

 

London : Macmillan and Co. 1866. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [10], 192
  • References: PMM 354; Carroll Handbook 44
    • PMM: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its hardly less famous sequel Through the Looking Glass (1872), 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”
  • Note on edition:
    • Only 23 known copies of the London 1865 are known to still exist. Thus, the 1866 edition is considered the true first edition.
    • This copy is in the first state with inverted “S” in the last line of contents page
  • Provenance:
    • Letter – Handwritten by C.L. Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) to his publisher, Macmillan; dated 1888
    • Handwritten – Frank Berry
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover; tight and secure
    • Original red cloth binding
  • Size: ~7.75in X 5.5in (20cm x 14cm)

 

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18752

Categories

Children's

Literature

Authors

CARROLL, Lewis

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete