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Few copies of that first issue were ever released; fewer still are known to exist today. A very good copy with some rubbing and light wear to the extremities. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down. Minor rubbing to extremities but a bright Near Fine copy of one of the rarest and most sought after post-1907 Golden Age "Alice" editions. The best surviving example of this landmark "Alice" known to us and it surely would be a centerpiece for any superb collection of famed Alice illustrators.. Carroll's enduring tale of a child's dreamworld was first issued in 1865 by Macmillan and Company of London, but Carroll and Tenniel were unhappy with the print quality of the illustrations and canceled the issue, insisting that the book be reprinted. Signed by Rackham with an original pen and ink drawing of a winged Gryphon and dated 23.3.08 on the half-title page. Of the 112 other illustrations, some are full page and some are tinted. Front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, all other edges uncut. There is a patch of staining at one corner and some nicks and rubs -- otherwise the box is in excellent condition. Fraying Along Top And Bottom Of Spine But With No Loss Of Height; 5/8" Tear To Cloth At Top Of Rear Spine Edge Has Been Skillfully Repaired. Contents Including Endpapers Otherwise Near Fine, Even The Tissue Guard To The Frontispiece Is Intact With No Tears Or Foxing. Torkington In Cricket Records At Marylebone In 1873, But Otherwise Not Identified. Light Wear, Top Of Publisher's Name On Spine Is Present But Weak, Very Small Areas In Gilt Rules At Edges Are Also Weak, All Other Gilt Strong Including All Other Lettering. One Weak Crease Down Length Of Rear Cover, Another About 2/5 Of Height. Macmillian first published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 with illustrations by John Tenniel. Pages show occasional light finger smudges and a few professionally repaired marginal tears; very faint owner's inscription. (Ray English 185A; Carroll Handbook  44; Williams 9; see Printing and the Mind of Man 354). The 1865 edition was recalled and only a small number of copies have survived. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland also signed by designer Frederic Warde. The trade editions were published concurrently in simple bindings, on thinner paper, and with fewer color plates. Indeed, the true first issue of Alice was published by Macmillan in London in a print run of 2,000 copies, but was quickly suppressed because neither author nor artist approved of the quality of the reproductive illustrations.. The first print run was only 2,000 copies before it was recalled due to “print quality.” Only two dozen or so copies of the legendary “Sixty-five Alice” are now known to survive. Macmillan reprinted the book and issued it in 1866. One volume bound in full red morocco, the other in blue calf, decorated in gilt with gilt lettering. This publication strategy benefited both publisher and artist; Rackham produced about one book per year and would have an annual gallery exhibition showing his original artwork for his latest book.
Three volumes - ' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', , 192pp, (1875); ' Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There', , 224pp, , (1873) and ' Rhyme? Externally fine, internally some very light browning / foxing, previous owners name to half-titles, but generally quite bright and clean. An exceedingly FINE COPY in original publisher's cream-colored paper-covered boards, t. g., with gilt titles and stamped vignette of Alice on front board. London, Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to The Medici Society, 1914., 1914. Previous owner's 1901 Christmas inscription, tiny bit of offsetting to the title page, some pages carelessly opened and others unopened. With the original illustrations by John Tenniel (the frontispiece and illustrations on p. Original 1/2 olive green cloth over cream boards with green and gold pattern, printed paper labels on the spine and upper cover, t.e.g., other uncut; green silk bookmark. Frontispiece photograph of "Lewis Carroll" and 40 marvelous monotone plates featuring the illustrator's unique take on the Alice characters. "Alice" twelfth thousand, or the first issue of the sixth edition, "Looking-Glass" first edition, first issue. Frontispiece and 41 illustrations plus frontispiece and 49 illustrations by John Tenniel.