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    First Edition of Through the Looking-Glass, in a Handsome Inlaid Morocco Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    Lewis Carroll. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. With Fifty Illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., 1872 [i.e., December 1871].

    First edition, first issue, with the misprint "wade" for "wabe" in the second line of "Jabberwocky" on p. 21. Small octavo (6.9375 x 4.8125 inches; 177 x 122 mm.). [12], 224, [1, signature mark], [1, publisher's advertisements], [1, publisher's device], [1, blank] pp. Wood-engraved text illustrations.

    Handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full burgundy crushed levant morocco. Covers with an outer gilt double fillet border enclosing gilt floral corner ornaments, gilt-dotted rules, and an inner gilt single fillet. Front cover with an elaborate central panel consisting of gilt intertwining leaves and flowers with green morocco inlays and gilt dots, enclosing, against a background of inlaid green morocco, a central chess motif consisting of a chess board in inlaid burgundy and black morocco gilt surmounted by an inlaid brown morocco gilt crown, with an onlaid brown morocco pawn in the center of the chess board. Spine decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five gilt-dotted raised bands, the bands ruled in blind on either side, the blind rules extending onto the covers and ending in three blind dots. Board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt. Original red cloth covers and spine bound in at end. Minimal rubbing to corners and spine extremities, joints a little tender. Free endpapers slightly browned at the edges from the turn-ins. Some light foxing and occasional soiling to the text. A wonderful example.

    Lovett and Lovett 13. Williams, Madan and Green 84.


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