The Hunting of the Snark (Publisher's Deluxe Binding)
London: Macmillan and Co., 1876.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. First edition. One of approximately 100 copies in the publisher's deluxe binding of red cloth. Full gilt illustration on the front cover, all page edges gilt, dark blue end papers, Burn bindery ticket on the rear paste-down. A Near Fine copy overall with just slight signs of use, and completely unrestored.
"Although best known as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871), Lewis Carroll...was also an avid reader and writer of poetry. He greatly enjoyed the poems of the Victorian writers Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Christina Rossetti. His own poems were varied -- some humorous nonsense, some filled with hidden meanings, and some serious poems about love and life...[Snark] stands out from all the other poems that Carroll wrote. It has inspired parodies, continuations, musical adaptations, and a wide variety of interpretations...Carroll originally intended it as a set of verses to be included in another of his children's stories, but it grew too long and became a book in its own right...Although issued in a pictorial buff coloured cloth, he had copies bound in red, blue, green, and white cloth, all with gold decorations, to give away to his friends and family" (Wakeling). The present copy is one of these, bound in striking red and gilt. Near Fine (Item #5468)