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    Limited Edition, Signed by the "Original Alice," Alice Hargreaves, nee Liddell

    Lewis Carroll. [Limited Editions Club]. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Illustrated by John Tenniel. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.

    Limited to 1,500 numbered copies, this copy signed by Alice Hargreaves. Octavo. xii, 211 pages. With the original text illustrations by John Tenniel re-engraved (in metal) by Frederic Warde. Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club by the Printing House of William Edwin Rudge, Mount Verson, N.Y. Introduction by Carl Van Doren.

    Publisher's full blue morocco (by George McKibbin & Son, New York). Covers decoratively bordered in gilt, smooth spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt. A fine copy, housed in the original red cloth slipcase.

    "Alice Hargreaves was the married name of Alice Liddell, for whom Lewis Carroll originally wrote the book. In 1932, during the celebrations of the centenary of Carroll's birth, Alice, who had lived a peaceful life in the south of England for many years, suddenly became a public figure. Her most notable and watched action was a trip to New York to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University" (Lovett and Lovett). George Macy, the proprietor of the Limited Editions Club, on learning of Mrs. Hargreaves visit, asked if she would be willing to sign the editions of Alice and Through the Looking Glass that he was planning at the time. It took an inducement of $1.50 per signature, a cost which Mr. Macy passed along to his subscribers who chose to have their copies signed by Alice. It is believed, based on copies that come on the market, that somewhere between half and three-quarters of the copies were signed.

    LEC Bibliography 36 and 65. Lovett and Lovett 90a and 94a. Quarto-Millenary 65. Newman & Wiche 65a.


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