Lewis Carroll's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

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Carroll, Lewis [nom de plume of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], and John Tenniel (illus.), ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (London: Macmillan & Co., 1866).  First published edition, first issue (w/the inverted "S" in the final line of Contents), 19 x 12.5cm (small 4to), in publisher's red linen w/circular gilt Alice & Cheshire Cat designs & gilt triple-ruling to covers, gilt title to spine. a.e.g., dark slate green ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn; Ball 20A) to rear pastedown, [i-xii], [1] 2-192 pp. w/frontis & numerous wood engravings by the Dalziels after Tenniel.  Printed by R. Clay Son & Taylor, London.  Inscribed to fr. ep.: "Mary D Adams, 92 Inverness Terrace, London W., 1866"; also w/the decorative gilt-on-burgundy leather bookplate of Dr. George Staehle (1925-2008) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (rebacked w/the original [darkened] spine laid down, extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, cover cloth & circular gilt cover designs moderately rubbed, & hinges cracked); contents Good (occas. foxing, & margins sl. soiled)--all in all a nice survival of the most important children's book of the 19th century.  Macmillan 130-31 (under 1865), Osborne 335.  (Inv. #1517)  C$13,000

    A loosely inserted clipping from a Jan. 1930 cat. issued by Ernest Dressel North (of NYC) reads, in part:
[US]"$800.... In 'Lewis Carroll's' diary, under date of July 4 1862, there appears this entry: 'I made an expedition up the river to Godstow w/the 3 Liddells; we had tea on the bank there....'  To this note he added later: 'On which occasion I told them the fairy-tale of 'Alice's Adventures Underground,' which I undertook to write out for Alice.'  This was the 1st title.  Later he used 'Alice's Hour in Elfland,' & it was not until June 18 1864 that he came to a final decsion.  It seems certain that the MS. was shown to many friends, among whom was George MacDonald, who persuaded the author to submit the fairy story to a publisher.  An illustrator was secured in the person of John Tenniei.  On July 4 1865, exactly 3 years after the row up the river, Miss Alice Liddell received the 1st presentation copy of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.'  The 1st edition consisted of 2,000 copies...."
However, North neglects to mention that these 1st 2,000 copies, except for approx. 20 sent to reviewers etc., were suppressed by Dodgson & Tenniel because they were dissatisfied w/the Clarendon Press's printing, & were sold by Macmillan to Appleton of NYC.