Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll (pseudonym for Charles Dodgson, 1832–1898).
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1866. (BRA0834)
This pair of literary classics was based on the fantastical stories with which Oxford mathematician the Rev. Charles Dodgson enchanted ten-year-old Alice Liddell while rowing up the Thames River on July 4, 1862. The earliest editions of these books are highly prized. Dodgson and the illustrator Sir John Tenniel had the initial Macmillan edition of two thousand copies recalled in July 1865 due to faulty reproductions. Although approximately fifty copies were kept privately, the remaining books from the first printing were sold to Appleton to be bound with new title pages in the New York 1866 edition. Dr. Sellers’s Alice’s Adventures has the replaced title page; his Looking-Glass is the first edition, first issue. Both works are individually bound in original gilt-stamped red cloth.