ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan & Co, 1866. Bound in full polished blue calf with triple gilt rules by Riviere with the original covers and spine bound in at the rear. The spine has raised bands in 6 compartments with a gold flower design, all edges gilt; gilt dentelles. First published edition, with 42 illustrations by John Tenniel. A Fine copy, unusually clean throughout. Tipped into this copy is a quirky two-sided letter by Carroll written using his characteristic purple ink, dated Feb. 8. 1888. It reads: ‘Dear Steward, I am much obliged for the estimates for the electric bell, and shall be quite willing to bear my share of the expense, under any of the arrangements named, I should want a 'push' in each of my 2 bedrooms - Hadland thought that (as both rooms look out North) the best way to reach them would be to continue the roof cord, & bring it down outside and in at the windows: however, you can arrange it as you think best. Please not to charge further Quarterage, for C.R., to Mr. S. W. Worthington. Very Truly Yours, C. L. Dodgson. The publishing history of this title is now well known. Carroll, unhappy with the original first printing of "Alice," recalled all copies to destroy them, the remaining sheets being to sent to America where they were issued with a new title-page by Appleton. The new printing, as above, was released in November of 1865 with the title-page dated 1866.