Through the Looking Glass,

And What Alice Found There


CARROLL, Lewis Through the Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There

Macmillan, 1872.

First edition, first issue with 'wade' printed instead of 'wabe' in the jabberwocky poem on page 21. 8vo. Original publisher's red cloth with gilt vignettes and triple filleted borders on the covers and gilt titles on the spine. All edges gilt. Black and white illustrations throughout by John Tenniel. A near fine copy. The cloth is bright and clean, corners a little bumped. Hinges and joints in perfect condition. A couple of pages with tiny corner creases, though generally uncommonly bright and fresh. An excellent example.

Following the success of Alice in Wonderland, the concept of a sequel occurred to Carroll as early as 1866, when he wrote to Tenniel to engage him as illustrator. Carroll began writing it in 1869 with publication in late 1871(the first edition being dated 1872 as per publishing custom). Whilst not ultimately as popular as Alice, Through the Looking Glass was enthusiastically received and sold 15,000 copies in the seven weeks. It also introduced several of Carroll's most enduring characters in Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus and the Carpenter, The Lion and the Unicorn, and probably Carroll's most famous nonsense rhyme, Jabberwocky.
First editions of either of Carroll's most famous children's tale are now very seldom found in nice original condition. Their age and fragility mean most copies either show lots of wear and tear or have deteriorated so much they have been rebound.

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