SIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL ALICE: LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB’S ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, WITH THE ORIGINAL TENNIEL ILLUSTRATIONS
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. WITH: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932, 1935. Two volumes. Octavo, original full morocco gilt (Alice red, Looking-Glass blue), spines elaborately gilt-decorated with characters from the books, all edges gilt, original cloth slipcases.
Limited editions, each book one of 1500 copies and each signed by Alice Hargreaves née Liddell, for whom Carroll wrote the books.
“The greatest of all English stories for children” is “unique among ‘juveniles’ in appealing equally if not more strongly to adults” (Muir, 139; PMM 354). “One reviewer attributed the success of these works to the fact that, unlike most children’s books of the period, they had no moral and did not teach anything” (Drabble, 380). First published in 1865 and 1871, Carroll’s two topsy-turvy classics “unleashed thousands of children’s minds and imaginations and invited them to laugh” (Silvey, 124). Alice is additionally signed on the limitation page by typographer and binder Frederic Warde; it is copy number 72; Looking-Glass is copy number 1427. John Tenniel’s original enchanting illustrations have been re-engraved by Bruno Rollitz. Each volume with Limited Editions Club newsletter regarding this edition laid in. LEC 36, 65.
Spines gently sunned; Alice box with toned spine. About-fine condition.