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Auction: 3 presentation copies of Carroll’s books

On 24 June, three presentation copies of Carroll’s books will be auctioned at Bonham’s.

The first presentation copy is the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, second edition, 1866 [1865] (which means the first edition that was not recalled). It is inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 20,000 – 30,000 / € 23,000 – 35,000
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/176/?category=list

The second presentation copy is a first German edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, translated by Antonie Zimmermann, 1869. It is also inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 3,000 – 4,000 / € 3,500 – 4,600
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/177/?category=list

The third presentation copy is Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there, first edition, 1872 [1871]. Again, inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 3,000 – 4,000 / € 3,500 – 4,600
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/178/?category=list

Cover and title page of presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first edition 1866

First edition of ‘Through the Looking Glass’ with original pencil sketches by Tenniel for sale

A first edition of ‘Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there’ is being offered for sale. The copy is special, because it contains two original pencil drawings from the illustrator, John Tenniel.

The copy bears pencil sketches of Humpty Dumpty on the wall and Alice holding a fawn. The images are reversed, in imitation of what Tenniel would have drawn on the wood for the engraving process. There’s also an inscription with Tenniel’s monogram and the line “Ever yours”.

Two pencil sketches by John Tenniel in Through the Looking Glass

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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.

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First edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for sale!

Want to own a first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? This is your chance, because someone is selling his copy!

The copy is a 1866 first edition, which means it is not one of the super rare suppressed editions from 1865, but the ‘official’ first edition that was published after the recall, which had better printing.

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Alice’s Adventures Under Ground facsimile sold

Yesterday, a presentation copy of the first “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” facsimile was auctioned and sold at Sotheby’s. So if you wanted it, you’re too late, but I’m reproducing it here so you know what it looks like and what prices these kind of copies can go for nowadays.

This book is a presentation copy for the facsimile of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, the manuscript that preceded “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The copy is inscribed by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) himself and addressed to the Duchess of Albany.

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