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Auction: Auction 09.06.1999
was auctioned on: 9 June 1999
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DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ("Lewis Carroll"). Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there . London: Macmillan, 1872.

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Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000
Price realised:  US$40,250
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DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ("Lewis Carroll"). Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there . London: Macmillan, 1872. 8 o (181 x 125 mm). Illustrated by John Tenniel. (Some minor marginal browning). Original red cloth, gilt-stamped, spine gilt-lettered, g.e., Burn & Co. binder's ticket on rear pastedown (binding broken with some quires becoming loose, spine ends and extremities worn, covers and spine rubbed); quarter morocco slip case. Provenance : Mary Memess (inscribed on half-title "Mary Memess with her brother's love"). FIRST EDITION, with the first state of page 21, with the misprint "wade" for "wabe" in the second line of the poem "Jabberwocky", and with the foliation for both pages 95 and 98 (no priority known). PRESENTATION COPY FROM JOHN TENNIEL WITH TWO FINE PENCIL DRAWINGS BY HIM on the half-title, each signed with his monogram, and inscribed in pencil on half-title "Ever yours, JT". The drawings depict Humpty-Dumpty seated on the wall extending his hand (on the upper half of the page), and Alice with the Fawn (below). The drawings are both reverse images of the printed versions: the drawing of Humpty-Dumpty is a detail of "You may shake hands!" (the woodcut appears on p. 118), and Alice with the Fawn appears as a woodcut illustration on p. 63. According to Schiller, this category of authentic Tenniel drawing was "done inside printed books at the time the artist inscribed them, either as gifts or on commission" (Schiller/Census, p. 62). This copy is inscribed by Tenniel in the same way ("ever yours", with no recipient's name) as a copy of Through the Looking-Glass now in the Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hertford (reproduced in Schiller/Census on p. [63]). Five copies of the Alice books with such drawings are listed by Schiller (two of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and three of Through the Looking-Glass ) and the subjects of the drawings in this copy are not among these others. See Justin G. Schiller, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: An 1865 printing re-described . New York, 1990, p.99 (illustrations 59-60 and 79); Williams-Madan-Green-Crutch 84.

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Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 09.06.1999
Date of the auction: 9 Jun 1999
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center