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    Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: Macmillan, 1874. First edition, later printing (forty-second thousand); presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "Presented to / Jessie Howard Clark, / in remembrance of her sister Alice, / by the Author. / [flourish] / July 15. 1875." Additionally, Carroll wrote an Original autograph poem on page [viii], acrostic format with the first letter of each line spelling the recipient's name, written in purple ink and signed "Lewis Carroll" (as opposed to "The Author," as is often seen), makes mention of Alice and Wonderland. Small octavo. [x], 192, [1, "Turn Over"], [1, ads] pages; frontispiece inserted and numerous in-text illustrations (forty-two in all) by John Tenniel. Publisher's red cloth, boards triple-ruled in gilt, with gilt central motif of Alice and a pig on the front cover, and the Cheshire Cat on the rear cover, spine lettered in gilt; all edges gilt; black coated endleaves. Binding worn and soiled; rear joint cracked; front joint starting. Hinges cracking, minor occasional thumbsoiling and foxing in text. Good. Full text of the poem available online.

    Jessie Howard Clark was the daughter of Australian writer John Howard Clark (author of the children's book Bertie and the Bullfrogs). John Howard Clark maintained a correspondence with Carroll, and when Carroll learned of Clark's other daughter Alice, Jessie's sister, dying in infancy, he sent this book with its remarkable presentation and original poem.

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    Just half a world to travel o'er,
    E're this may reach its Southern home:
    Such waters wide between us roare
    So many a league of barren foam.

    In vain the trackless interspace -
    England's white ships can cleave the flood,
    Hailing as brethren every race
    Of English speech & English blood.

    Wherever English childhood dwells
    'Alice' may hope to find a band
    Ready to listen while she tells
    Dreams of the shadowy 'Wonderland.'

    Child-friend, whom I shall never see!
    Let me in fancy feel thee nigh,
    And trust in other lands to be
    Remembered as the years go by -
    Kind thoughts will live, though we may die.

    Lewis Carroll.
    July 15, 1875.

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