Tangled Tale First Edition by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
A Tangled Tale is a collection of 10 brief humorous stories or “knots” which originally appeared as a serial in The Monthly Packet from 1880 and 1885. Each Knot is described in story form and then summarized as a mathematical problem. Dodgson writes in his preface that the “intention was to embody in each Knot… one or more mathematical questions – in Arithmetic, Alegbra or Geometry, as the case might be – for the amusement and possible edification, of the fair readers of that Magazine“. Dodgson included some discussions of the reader’s answers often referring to them by name (often pseudonyms) and employing his typical polite yet cutting commentary. When the articles were published as a book some amendments to readers answers and six illustrations by Arthur C. Frost were added.
Original red cloth boards with gilt vignette on the front and rear covers plus triple lines. Some wear to the spine as expected from a book of this age. Bright gilt page edges. Dark end papers in good condition. Pages are clean with no foxing. The hinging on the end pages and on page 32, 80,112 and 128 is mildly split but holding very well. Tissue guarded full page frontispiece illustration is in good condition. Introductory poem “To My Pupil” prior to the preface. Contains ten “Knots” with the answers to the mathematical problems at the end. There are light pencil marks in several places by previous owner. 152 printed pages. 8vo.