Alices Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


Alice’s Adventures 1867 (7,000th) and Through the Looking Glass  1872 (1st impression) 

Published by Macmillan & Co, London. Illustrated by John Tenniel.

Two rare editions of these collectable titles, one encased in presentation box. These would make an ideal gift for a collector of early works by Charles Dogson (Lewis Carroll).

Alices Adventures in Wonderland 1867: Extremely rare and very early first edition (seventh thousand) in very good condition for it’s age and unusual to find in such a good state. A pleasing copy complemented with it’s companion, “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there”.

Cover: Original dark burgundy red, covers with triple gilt panel edging and a central gilt image of Alice on the front and the Cheshire Cat on the rear, slightly dulled and rubbed. Extremely well repaired professional repairs to the original spine. Small water stains and marks on the covers. Tiny puckering on top corner of front cover.

Internal: Gilt page edges are bright and white front and rear end papers are intact (both endsheets have been very well professionally repaired). Forty two intact black and white illustrations with intact tissue guard for the front illustration. Internally solid and tightly bound. Very good condition for it’s age with no foxing and intact hinges. Octavo. 192 printed pages.

Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there 1872: A rare first impression of the first edition with a custom made presentation box. A solid and pleasing copy of a book that is extremely difficult to find in an acceptable condition in it’s original binding.

Cover: Original dark burgundy red cloth boards with gilt titles on on the spine plus illustrated central vignettes of the Red and White Queen. Decorative triple gilt ruled borders on the front and back covers. Corners of the boards and extremes of spine are lightly rubbed and bumped with some discolouring of the panels. Two slight lines of puckering on the front cover.

Internal: Bright gilt trimmed edges. Intact cream endpapers which are possibly replacements for the more customary dark green pages and finely repaired. Lacking the advertisements pages at the end. Fifty clean black and white iconic by John Tenniel and tissue guarded title page illustration. Contains misprint  “wade” for “wabe” in the second line of Jabberwocky on page 21. Internally clean with handling marks as expected to some page edges through well loved and appreciated reading. The edition is protected by a clear film cover. Housed in a custom made maroon, cloth back drop box with gilt tiles to the spine. Octovo. 224 printed pages.

A first printing of the first UK edition, preceded only by the extraordinarily rare suppressed 1865 issue by Macmillan and Co of which only about twenty copies are known to exist. The 1866 First Printing was only four thousand copies. Carroll disliked the 1865 edition so much that he had them all recalled and sent to the United States where the title pages were removed and new American ones inserted.

Read more about the early publications of Alice in Wonderland on our blog.