First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Most Famous Work In Original Publishers' Cloth Binding
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co. , 1866.
First published edition. Octavo. (7 1/8 x 5 inches; 180 x 129 mm.). [xii], [1]-192 pp. Forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. With frontispiece and half-title.

Publisher's red cloth binding (bound by Burn & Co. with their printed paper label on rear pastedown), ruled in gilt. Triple gilt-rule borders on covers with a gilt vignette of Alice holding a pig in an circle triple-gilt frame in the center on upper cover and a gilt vignette of the Cheshire Cat in a slightly smaller gilt frame in the center of lower cover, Spine ruled and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Original dark green coated endpapers. Extremities of cloth very slightly rubbed. A small bookseller sticker "Sold by Slatter and Rose" on front free endpaper. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown. Chemised and housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. This is a very tight, clean copy with hinges that have never been repaired. Overall an exceptional copy, far better than is usually seen.

This is the first authorized edition, often cited as the second edition and was published in November, 1865, (some say issues were ready as early as September 1865), preceding that of the New York 1866 edition by six months. "The first edition, familiarly known to book-collectors as 'the 1865 Alice', was printed at the Oxford University Press. This edition was at the last moment canceled by the author, for whom MacMillan's were publishing 'on commission' (i.e. as agent, not sponsors) because of what was considered the poor printing of Sir John Tenniel's almost equally famous illustrations. The few early copies sent out were recalled; seemingly with fair success, since less than a score are known to survive today. The book was then reprinted, by Clay, with the title-page re-dated 1866, and this constitutes the first regularly published edition" (Printing and the Mind of Man).

Lovett and Lovett 3. Williams, Madan, and Green 46.

HBS # 68116 $37,500