The Hunting of the Snark, First Edition by Lewis Carroll


First UK Edition 1876

Published by Macmillan & Co, London 

A fine copy, and rare to find in this condition, of the famous Lewis Carroll’s “Fits” with beautiful black and white illustrations.

The Hunting of the Snark, First Edition, An Agony in Eight Fits:

The Hunting of the Snark is a typical Lewis Carroll nonsense poem. The poem retells the tale of ten sea crew hunting down a dangerous animal, the Boojum. It includes some nonsense words from his earlier poem “Jaberwocky” and from his novel “ Through the Looking Glass“. Included in this edition is a poem dedicated to a girl, Getrude Chataway, whom Carroll met in 1875 by the seaside.  Nine full page black & white illustrations by Henry Holiday.

Original buff cloth hard back boards printed with black illustrations on the front and rear covers. Covers are in very good condition. Black end papers. Binding of the book is good. Hinges are cracked. Contents are clean. Bright gilt page edges. The frontis illustration with intact tissue guard. The ocean chart on page 16 is blank except for the text and lines of the map. The book is protected by a clear film cover. 83 pp plus 1 page of reviews of Lewis Carroll’s publications. 7 1/2 x 5”.