ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

(New York: D. Appleton & Co. , 1866).

FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION. THE EARLIEST OBTAINABLE EDITION OF "ALICE". This is the true first printing of "Alice in Wonderland" comprising the sheets of the first edition still unbound when Lewis Carroll and Tenniel decided in July 1865 to recall the edition printed by Macmillan in London. Some of those sheets were then authorized to be sold to Appleton in New York and thus the first available copies of this iconic work bore an American title page imprint over the original English sheets.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND has proven itself to be one of the most enduring classics of literature--for children or otherwise. It has been reprinted in innumerable formats, and its characters have been borrowed by, imitated by, and adapted for almost every media imaginable, from board games to postage stamps, from print to stage and film, and one would not be surprised to find a web page on the Internet devoted to Alice. Its importance might be gauged by the fact that it is one of only three books written for children (five, if one includes Aesop's Fables and Froebel's “Mutter- und Kose-Leider”) included in the "Printing and the Mind of Man" exhibition.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its sequel, THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, are "unique among 'juveniles' in appealing equally if not more strongly to adults. Written by an Oxford don, a clergyman, and a professional mathematician, they abound in characters--the White Knight, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty--who are a part of everybody's mental furniture. And the philosophic profundity of scores, if not hundreds, of these characters' observations, long household words wherever English is spoken, gains mightily from the delicious fantasy of their setting" (PMM 354). Item #32060

First Edition, the first published edition of "Alice" comprising the original first issue sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice done in London. The sheets were sold to Appleton in New York and printed with the title-page dated 1866 and showing New York as the place of publication. With 42 illustrations by John Tenniel. 8vo, bound in contemporary three-quarter red morocco over marbled paper covered boards, marbled endleaves, now housed in a fine morocco backed foldover case, the spine panel with raised bands, the compartments lettered in gilt. [x], 192 pp. With the half-title as called for. A very good and handsome copy, the text-block clean, the binding with bit of restoration very skillfully accomplished.

Price: $13,500.00