Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
London: Macmillan & Co., 1872.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1872. First edition. Finely bound in three-quarter red crushed morocco over cloth boards with the Red Queen and White King stamped in gilt on the boards. All edges brightly gilt. Marbled end-papers and paste-downs. In excellent condition internally, with the first issue misprint "wade" for "wabe" on p. 21. Complete with all 50 engravings by John Tenniel. A faint contemporary gift inscription on the title page, a few spots of soiling or foxing throughout.
Carroll’s fantastical sequel to the classic Alice Adventures in Wonderland. Published in 1871, the book follows Alice as she enters a strange alternative world by stepping through a magical mirror. She soon encounters the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky”, which Martin Gardner called “…the greatest of all nonsense poems in English”, and later meets the famed Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a sensation when it was first published, and Through The Looking Glass received favorable reviews as well. The novel has been adapted into film, television, and stage. Carroll scholar Florence Becker Lennon calls the novel a "masterpiece — only a shade less than Wonderland" (Lennon, "Escape Through the Looking-Glass," 1971; pp 66-79). Fine (Item #5573)