The Immortal Alice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. [And:] Through the Looking-Glass, or What Alice Found There. By Lewis Carroll.

New York: D. Appleton, 1866; London and New York: Macmillan, 1872.

Price: $35,000.00


About the item

First edition, second issue of Adventures; first edition of Looking-Glass, first issue with "wabe" misspelled. Illustrations by John Tenniel. 2 vols. 8vo. The Immortal Alice. Original red cloth gilt. Adventures expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, Looking Glass lightly rubbed, lower inner hinge tender. Very good plus overall. Housed together in half morocco clamshell box. Williams, Madan and Green 44 & 84; PMM 354 (note); Grolier 100 Children's Literature 35 (1865 issue).

Item #322992

An attractive set of the Alice books, with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the first printing, second issue, comprising the sheets of the original London printing of 1865 sent to America with new title pages bearing the Appleton imprint. This printing had been rejected by Dodgson because illustrator John Tenniel strongly disliked the way the illustrations were printed, but it is the earliest obtainable edition (only about 15 copies are known to survive with the 1865 title page). Through the Looking-Glass is in the first edition.
Dodgson’s Alice books are landmarks of nineteenth-century children’s literature and have fascinated and influenced writers, artists, and readers ever since their first appearance.