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First edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for auction

Always wanted to own a first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Then it’s time to win the lottery, because on 16 June, a first edition will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York!

The book is one of the only 23 surviving copies, of which all but five are in public institutions. This specific copy was given by Lewis Carroll to George William Kitchin, a colleague of Carroll’s at Christ Church. Kitchin later gave the book to his daughter Alexandra (‘Xie’) Rhoda Kitchin, who was one of Carroll’s favourite photographic models.

This edition has remained remarkably intact over the years, and still features its original binding, binder’s ticket and title page. It is one of ten surviving copies still in original red cloth, only two of which are in private hands, the other described as ‘heavily worn’.

The estimate price of this 1865 edition is $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.

More information about the sale and the item can be found at the website of Christie’s.


[edit] The item was not sold during the auction.

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