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Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, 1984, First Edition Fascimiles

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$895
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aiwttlgfacs

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel

Facsimiles of the First Editions Published by Macmillan & Co., London in 1984

Publisher’s Original Full Leather Bindings and Custom Silk Slipcase

FINE Condition

Book Details: The first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published by Macmillan & Co. in 1866 and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There was published by them in 1872.  According to The Dictionary of National Biography, Alice was the daughter of Henry Liddell, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where Charles Dodgson was a lecturer in mathematics. Dodgson, whose hobby was photography, frequently photographed Alice and her sisters and became a close family friend, playing games with, and making up stories for, the children. It was on a picnic on 4 July 1862 that he invented the story of Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice was then aged ten and pleaded with him to write Alice's adventures down for her, which he carefully did, supplying his own illustrations, in a green notebook that has become one of the most cherished literary manuscripts in the British Library.

These editions are facsimiles of the first editions of both books released in 1984 by the same publisher as the first editions, Macmillan & Co. The books are beautifully produced and feature the 94 original illustrations by John Tenniel (43 illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and 51 illustrations for Through the Looking Glass).

Binding Details:  Macmillan & Co. released these volumes in both cloth and leather variants. This is the much rarer deluxe leather bound set with a full dark red morocco leather binding with the same details to the spine and covers as the first edition. There are black coated endpapers and all page ends are gold gilted. The books are housed in a functional silk covered slipcase.

Condition Report:  The bindings and in FINE condition with some very superficial rubs to the corner tips. Internally, both books are very clean with no signs of previous ownership. The slipcase is in FINE condition with no flaws.

Photographs of the bindings, slipcase, and some stock illustrations from the books appear in the photo section of the listing.