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SOLD - Vintage book Alice's Adventures Under Ground folio-bound EXACT facsimile of handmade Lewis Carroll manuscript, Alice Wonderland story

SOLD - Vintage book Alice's Adventures Under Ground folio-bound EXACT facsimile of handmade Lewis Carroll manuscript, Alice Wonderland story

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There is no other book like this one.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the book you may think this is, but it is not - it is in fact more rare, as it is the forerunner to the tale we all know so well today. Handwritten and gorgeously illustrated by the author himself, the book follows Alice in a similar way "down the rabbit hole" where she encounters different characters and goes on different adventures, but the book is shorter and lacks much of what we find in the expanded version that came to be known as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This one, Alice's Adventures Under Ground, is an encased facsimile of the original manuscript, which is now legendarily held in the British Museum (after an interesting set of events and circumstances that are laid out in a preface to the book) and the one which was handwritten by Carroll and hand-illustrated as well for the eponymous Alice Liddell, a daughter of Carroll's colleague (back when he went by Reverend C L Dodgson, which is also how this manuscript is inscribed and signed).

So this book is astounding, and as the facsimile is the closest we can get to the original copy, I would encourage any lover of fantasy, of classic fairy tales, of children's works of works of astounding imagination, literary monuments in our history that will stand the test of time... I would encourage you to buy this book, an exact replica of what would birth Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a story that comes off somewhat more magical and fragile when you read it because you know it was just the baby version of something that would be expanded and become bigger and more famous.

There's just something special about that, no?

Here are some quotes from this copy:

-'Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice, (she was so surprised that she quite forgot how to speak good English,) "now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Goodbye, feet!" (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed almost out of sight, they were getting so far off,) "oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears?"

-"Now for the evidence," said the King, "and then the sentence."
"No!" said the Queen, "first the sentence, and then the evidence!"
"Nonsense!" cried Alice, so loudly that everybody jumped, "the idea of having the sentence first!"
"Hold your tongue!" said the Queen.
"I won't!" said Alice, "you're nothing but a pack of cards! Who cares for you?"

-"They very soon came upon the Gryphon, which lay fast asleep in the sun: (if you don't know what a Gryphon is, look at the the picture): "up, lazy thing!" said the Queen, "and take this young lady to see the Mock Turtle, and to hear its history. I must go back to see after some executions I ordered," and she walked off, leaving Alice with the Gryphon. Alice did not quite like the look of the creature, but on the whole she thought it quite as safe to stay as to go after that savage Queen: so she waited.
The Gryphon sat up and rubbed its eyes: then it watched the Queen till she was out of sight: then it chuckled: "What fun!" said the Gryphon, half to itself, half to Alice.
"What is the fun?" said Alice.
"Why, she," said the Gryphon; "it's all her fancy, that: they never executes nobody, you know: come on!"
"Everybody says 'come on!' here," thought Alice, as she walked slowly after the Gryphon; "never was I ordered about so before in all my life -- never!"

-"Alice opened the door and looked down a small passage, not larger than a rat-hole, into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway, "and even if my head would go through," thought poor Alice, "it would be very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if only I knew how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice began to think very few things indeed were really impossible."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Alice's Adventures Under Ground
-Author: Lewis Carroll
-Illustrator: Lewis Carroll
-Format: Hardcover, first edition of this facsimile print which was released (without introduction) in 1886 by original publishers of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland long after the classic we all know came out in 1865 - blue boards and hard folio case with no title or author anywhere on it except on the binding of the book inside, book wrapped in protective plastic and has green engraving on front of a sprig of leaves, inside the manuscript is replicated in brown ink on cream paper exactly as it had appeared in person / originally, with a short note in the front providing the provenance of the piece.
-Condition: Near mint! No scratches/writings/rips, etc. Encased in folio case and wrapped in plastic cover for protection.
-Publisher: Xerox, University Microfilms: Ann Arbor
-Copyright: University Microfilms Inc, 1964
-Date published: 1964
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this one up I am so sorry! It is one of those exciting finds where I had bought it for myself, then had it for a while and realized I should sell it to make someone else, a lover of all things Carroll and Alice, happy. :) You get that notion sometimes as a bookseller and you just have to list it no matter what it's worth.
-Pricing: This I basically priced based on its nearly pristine condition in comparison to other copies I found online, but started with the base point of the average of the ones I could find which ranged significantly -- that's why this one's condition factored so much into my pricing this time. :)
There is no other book like this one.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the book you may think this is, but it is not - it is in fact more rare, as it is the forerunner to the tale we all know so well today. Handwritten and gorgeously illustrated by the author himself, the book follows Alice in a similar way "down the rabbit hole" where she encounters different characters and goes on different adventures, but the book is shorter and lacks much of what we find in the expanded version that came to be known as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This one, Alice's Adventures Under Ground, is an encased facsimile of the original manuscript, which is now legendarily held in the British Museum (after an interesting set of events and circumstances that are laid out in a preface to the book) and the one which was handwritten by Carroll and hand-illustrated as well for the eponymous Alice Liddell, a daughter of Carroll's colleague (back when he went by Reverend C L Dodgson, which is also how this manuscript is inscribed and signed).

So this book is astounding, and as the facsimile is the closest we can get to the original copy, I would encourage any lover of fantasy, of classic fairy tales, of children's works of works of astounding imagination, literary monuments in our history that will stand the test of time... I would encourage you to buy this book, an exact replica of what would birth Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a story that comes off somewhat more magical and fragile when you read it because you know it was just the baby version of something that would be expanded and become bigger and more famous.

There's just something special about that, no?

Here are some quotes from this copy:

-'Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice, (she was so surprised that she quite forgot how to speak good English,) "now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Goodbye, feet!" (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed almost out of sight, they were getting so far off,) "oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears?"

-"Now for the evidence," said the King, "and then the sentence."
"No!" said the Queen, "first the sentence, and then the evidence!"
"Nonsense!" cried Alice, so loudly that everybody jumped, "the idea of having the sentence first!"
"Hold your tongue!" said the Queen.
"I won't!" said Alice, "you're nothing but a pack of cards! Who cares for you?"

-"They very soon came upon the Gryphon, which lay fast asleep in the sun: (if you don't know what a Gryphon is, look at the the picture): "up, lazy thing!" said the Queen, "and take this young lady to see the Mock Turtle, and to hear its history. I must go back to see after some executions I ordered," and she walked off, leaving Alice with the Gryphon. Alice did not quite like the look of the creature, but on the whole she thought it quite as safe to stay as to go after that savage Queen: so she waited.
The Gryphon sat up and rubbed its eyes: then it watched the Queen till she was out of sight: then it chuckled: "What fun!" said the Gryphon, half to itself, half to Alice.
"What is the fun?" said Alice.
"Why, she," said the Gryphon; "it's all her fancy, that: they never executes nobody, you know: come on!"
"Everybody says 'come on!' here," thought Alice, as she walked slowly after the Gryphon; "never was I ordered about so before in all my life -- never!"

-"Alice opened the door and looked down a small passage, not larger than a rat-hole, into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway, "and even if my head would go through," thought poor Alice, "it would be very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if only I knew how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice began to think very few things indeed were really impossible."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Alice's Adventures Under Ground
-Author: Lewis Carroll
-Illustrator: Lewis Carroll
-Format: Hardcover, first edition of this facsimile print which was released (without introduction) in 1886 by original publishers of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland long after the classic we all know came out in 1865 - blue boards and hard folio case with no title or author anywhere on it except on the binding of the book inside, book wrapped in protective plastic and has green engraving on front of a sprig of leaves, inside the manuscript is replicated in brown ink on cream paper exactly as it had appeared in person / originally, with a short note in the front providing the provenance of the piece.
-Condition: Near mint! No scratches/writings/rips, etc. Encased in folio case and wrapped in plastic cover for protection.
-Publisher: Xerox, University Microfilms: Ann Arbor
-Copyright: University Microfilms Inc, 1964
-Date published: 1964
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this one up I am so sorry! It is one of those exciting finds where I had bought it for myself, then had it for a while and realized I should sell it to make someone else, a lover of all things Carroll and Alice, happy. :) You get that notion sometimes as a bookseller and you just have to list it no matter what it's worth.
-Pricing: This I basically priced based on its nearly pristine condition in comparison to other copies I found online, but started with the base point of the average of the ones I could find which ranged significantly -- that's why this one's condition factored so much into my pricing this time. :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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