The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
A good copy of this classic Nursery Alice book. Original illustrated hardback covers with cloth binding. Grubby covers with some wear to edges. White end papers in good condition. Pencil inscription dated 1914 on front free page. Colours of illustrations are bright and free from children’s scribbles or tears. The only indication that this has been read by children are a few small paint spots on a couple of pages which do not obscure the text or pictures. Tissue guarded frontis illustration. Page 34 illustration of the Cheshire Cat and Alice has no profile of Alice. Price amended from “Four shillings” to “One Shilling”. 4to.
This adapted version of Alice in Wonderland, was aimed at under-fives. It was a sign of the growth of the children’s literature market of the time. It is interesting to see the listing of “The Nursery Alice” in the other works at the end of this book dated 1889. In fact, Dodgson had a considerable amount of control over his publications as his publishers, Macmillan, merely printed and distributed the books for a small commission. Dodgson was therefore able to dictate the fate of any edition. He was indeed dissatisfied with this first printing of “The Nursery Alice”. He recalled the entire 10,000 print run of the first copies of the book. Dodgson exerted similar control over other publications he was not satisfied with as seen the recall of an inferior edition of The Game of Logic (1886).