Signed by the REAL Alic: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. Limited Editions Club with Liddell/Hargreaves autograph; leather

Signed by the REAL Alic: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. Limited Editions Club with Liddell/Hargreaves autograph; leather

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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by John Tenniel

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932.

In 1862, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) went on a row boat trip with three daughters of his friends the Liddells. During a break for tea, the 10-year-old middle daughter, Alice, asked for a story.

"According to Carroll, 'in a desperate attempt' and 'without the least idea what was to happen afterwards,' he sent his heroine 'straight down a rabbit-hole.' Upon Alice’s urging, Carroll began writing down his tale. On November 26, 1864, he presented her with an elaborate hand-illustrated manuscript, titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

When Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published a year later, Alice Liddell became immortalized as the inspiration for Carroll’s much-loved literary character." (University of Maryland) Years later, after the death of her husband, Alice (Liddell) Hargreaves would need to sell the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground to maintain her estate. It sold for a whopping £15,400, which is roughly equivalent to a million dollars today.

One of the top productions in the long line of successes by the Limited Editions Club are the Lewis Carroll books signed by Alice Hargreaves, the "real" Alice. Fifteen hundred copies were produced in the edition of Wonderland. The LEC couldn't afford to pay Hargreaves the price she wanted, so they offered her signature at an additional fee to subscribers: about twelve hundred paid the fee. This was significantly more than the 500 copies she originally agreed to sign! (Quarto-Millenary, p. 242) About this book, the publisher George Macy writes:

"When our books appear for sale in the resale market, or in the auction rooms, a copy of Alice in Wonderland, signed by the original Alice, usually fetches the highest of all prices. I think this is because Fred Warde made an exquisite book of it; because the illustrations were badly printed in the early editions, and we were wise to have them re-engraved in wood so that they were printed properly, in our edition, for the first time; and because the signature of the original Alice has so great an association value."

Full red Morocco leather binding with gilt decorative frames on front & rear panels, spine with six panels, three of which depict Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare; designed by Frederic Warde. The original John Tenniel illustrations engraved on wood by Bruno Rollitz; typography also by Warde who has signed the colophon. Number 278 of 1500. Very good to near fine condition; minor fading to spine, very light wear to head of spine; owner's bookplate to half-title page. Red cloth slipcase with darkening to top panel and modest smudge to rear panel. Laid in are the facsimile of the letters from her son to the LEC, stating the signing terms Alice Hargreaves agreed to (these letters were originally included with the Looking Glass publication.)

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