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EXHIBITION OF THE WORKS OF LEWIS CARROLL

This week, Peter Harrington, the UK's largest rare bookseller and one of the leading rare booksellers in the world is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by holding an exhibition of a fascinating collection of 69 works by the English writer, Lewis Carroll.

Set to also coincide with the May 2016 release of the 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' film starring Johnny Depp, the exhibition will embrace the increased interest in associated rare books that normally accompanies such an event.

The collection comes from the library of an anonymous English bibliophile, and is being exhibited at the Peter Harrington shop in London from Wednesday 27th April until Saturday 30th April 2016.

A depiction of Alice, from the adventures penned by Lewis Carroll

A depiction of Alice, from the adventures penned by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Dodgson, a writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, photographer and artist.  A known perfectionist, he often applied his artistic flair to the binding of his books, giving presentation copies to his friends, and would withdraw editions of his books if they didn't meet his own high standards.

Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says... "This is an amazing collection which has been lovingly put together over the last 40 years.  It contains an extraordinary range of first and early editions of the major works by Lewis Carroll including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, as well as unpublished poems, letters... and more.  All the items are in exceptionally good condition... We would urge everyone with an interest in children's books to visit the exhibition and see this incredible collection."

Peter Harrington have produced a stunning catalogue containing full descriptions and illustrations of the items in the collection.

Alice in Wonderland highlights include:

  • - A first published edition of Alice in Wonderland (1866) in original condition, which is for sale for £57,500
  • - A 6th edition presentation copy inscribed to Rhoda Liddell, the sister of 'Alice' (£42,500)
  • - A French first edition (1871), unique in that is inscribed by the author with both his real name and pseudonym, which he usually kept as separate identities (£18,750)
  • - A first edition, first printed version of Alice for the stage (1880), for £2,500.

Highlights of Through the Looking Glass include:

  • - An excellent first edition presentation copy inscribed by the author in 1871 (£15,000)
  • - An unpublished acrostic poem spelling the name 'Jessie Josephine' (a young lame actress whom Dodgson helped support when she became orphaned), written in a final impression, first edition copy (£5000)
  • - A rare white presentation binding, second edition, inscribed by the author (£27,500)
  • - Dodgson's own copy of the poorly printed 3rd edition, a remainder of a print run that he angrily marked up and asked the publisher to destroy.

Highlights of the poem, Hunting of the Snark (1876), include a first edition presentation copy, specially bound in red cloth and inscribed on the day of publication (£7,500), and inscribed first edition presentation copies specially bound in dark green cloth (£17,500), and blue cloth (£15,000).

The works of Lewis Carroll also include:

  • - Alice's Adventures Under Ground (1886), including a first edition, presentation copy inscribed to the Duchess of Albany in the rare blue morocca binding (£37,500), a first edition presentation copy inscribed to Jersey Lily (£25,000), and a first edition presentation copy in a deluxe presentation binding with plain dust jacket, inscribed to the author's friend and Christ Church colleague E. F. Sampson (£37,500).
  • - Index to "In Memoriam." (1862), a first edition of one of Dodgson's earliest publications (£375)
  • - Sylvie and Bruno (1889), his last major work - first editions from £750.

Peter Harrington are offering an 'unconditional guarantee' of authenticity on each item, and the catalogue with detailed descriptions and illustrations is available at www.peterharrington.co.uk

The collection will be on display from Wednesday 27th April until Saturday 30th April 2016 at the Peter Harrington shop, located at 43 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF.