London: Macmillan & Co., 1866. Second (first published) edition. The book that forever changed the face of children’s literature. In the original publisher's red, gilt-stamped cloth, gilt edges, light blue end papers, Burn & Co. binder's ticket on lower pastedown. A Very Good copy, recased, preserving the original spine. Minor spotting and soiling to the cloth. Contemporary owner's signature on the front end paper. Early issue with the inverted "S" on the last line of the contents page. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Cleverly crafted by Oxford don Charles Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland remains one of the most influential pieces of children’s literature ever written. The book has been published in more than 112 languages and defined the popular “nonsense” genre of writing in the nineteenth century. Given initially to the real-life Alice, Alice Lyttle, the original manuscript which was hand written and illustrated by Dodgson now remains with the British Library. Though Dodgson published the story in 1865 with accompanying illustrations by John Tenniel, the first 2,000 copies were not distributed because Tenniel was dissatisfied with the print quality. Macmillan quickly reprinted the book using this 1866 title page, with copies available as early as November 1865, making this the first "published" edition available for purchase at bookstores. The 2,000 unbound sheets that were rejected by Tenniel were sent to the US publisher, Appleton & Co., who bought the rights and used them as the first US edition approximately six months later in 1866. Very Good (Item #2689)