THE APPLETON ALICE: FIRST AMERICAN AND EARLIEST OBTAINABLE EDITION OF ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1866. Octavo, period-style full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, all edges gilt; original cloth bound in.
Very rare first American edition of Lewis Carroll’s brilliant and beloved topsy-turvy fantasy—virtually the earliest obtainable edition, preceding the first published London edition, beautifully bound, with the original cloth bound in.
“The publishing history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has a fairy-tale quality all its own. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, printed two thousand copies of what has come to be known as the first edition of the book. On 24 May 1865 Carroll wrote to his publisher… requesting 50 copies to give to friends. On 19 July, however, he heard from John Tenniel, his illustrator, that he was ‘dissatisfied with the printing of the pictures.’ On 2 August Carroll finally decided on the re-print of Alice, and he immediately set about recalling all the copies that he had sent out earlier, promising replacements as soon as the new printing was available. The remainder of the original books were sold to Appleton, the New York publisher, and they would appear, with a new title-page, as the first American edition.” Only about 20 copies with the original London title page exist, making it virtually unobtainable (Cohen, 113-114). This American issue consisted of only 1000 copies. Williams 44. Muir, 139.
Faintest text offsetting and a few spots of soiling, binding quite lovely. A beautiful about-fine copy.