Game of Logic

Lewis CARROLL

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LEWIS CARROLL’S GAME OF LOGIC, 1887

CARROLL, Lewis. The Game of Logic. London and New York: Macmillan, 1887. Small octavo, original giltstamped red cloth.

First published edition of Lewis Carroll’s game, with scarce original card and several original markers.

This game, designed for children, attempts to make formal deductive logic clear by diagrams, symbols, counters, and plain words, illustrated by countless examples and tests and Carroll’s characteristic humor. “The native acuteness and ingenuity of [Carroll’s] intellect led him to devote much attention to formal logic, in whose intricate puzzles he delighted, and he almost seemed to have convinced himself that it was an engine for the discovery of new truth, instead of a means of detecting error—that more could be got out of the premises than was put into them” (DNB). This first published edition was preceded only by an extremely small private printing in 1886 that Carroll suppressed. With accompanying envelope dated 1887 containing card diagram and five (of nine) rare counters laid in at front of book. With two pages of advertisements for other Carroll works. Williams & Madan 170. Red pencil marking to margin of page 3.

Paper clip residue to preliminaries, inner paper hinges starting, slight soiling to cloth, mild wear to spine, gilt quite bright. An extremely good copy of a scarce Carroll work.

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