Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

CARROLL, Lewis (DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge)

THE APPLETON ALICE

CARROLL, Lewis (DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

D.Appleton & Co., 1866.

First edition, second issue (i.e. the first published edition of the original sheets). Original red cloth lettered in gilt with triple gilt ruled borders and gilt vignettes to covers. Dark green endpapers, all edges gilt. Forty two illustrations after John Tenniel. A very good copy indeed which shows a little wear to the spine ends, but is bright and clean and most unusually, completely free from repair. Internally fresh with a bookplate to the front endpaper and the front hinge starting. An exceptionally well preserved copy.

An original printing of Alice was undertaken by the Clarendon Press in Oxford in early 1865 and famously recalled because John Tenniel considered the printing unsatisfactory. In April 1866 Dodgson (having consulted Tenniel) authorised Macmillan to sell 1000 sets of the recalled 1865 sheets to the New York publisher, D. Appleton with a new title page printed at the Clarendon Press and bound in London. Thus, although distributed in America, this edition represents the earliest practically obtainable issue of the original printing of Alice in Wonderland.
The success of the book was immediate, its influence far reaching and opened the floodgates to a regular procession of successful children's novels to follow.

PMM 354 (note); Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 44.

Stock ID: 35948

£37,500.00

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