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Auction: Through the Looking Glass copy with Carroll’s annotations

On July 10th, Sotheby’s in London will auction a copy of ‘Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there’, that was rejected by Lewis Carroll because he was not satisfied with the printing quality. This was Carroll’s own copy and contains his hand-written notes.

This is not a first edition; it is a third edition (’60th thousand’) from 1893. Lewis Carroll was known to be very fussy about the printing quality of his books, so the very first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not the only one that was recalled. This batch was recalled as well and he even threatened to end his contract with the Macmillan publisher because of it.

Because of the recall, this edition is now very rare. This copy is even more valuable because it was Carroll’s own copy, in which he indicated the parts he was not satisfied with. Annotations like “much over-printed”, “very bad folding page a line too low down” etc. appear on the pages in his handwriting.


Estimated price is £30,000 to £50,000.

You can read more about the book and the auction on the Sotheby’s website.

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