Thursday, February 07, 2013

Alice is given away.

The Marriott Library’s (University of Utah) rare book division were offered an original pair of Lewis Carroll’s celebrated children’s books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found by an anonymous donor. Both titles were in the original gilt pictorial cloth bindings

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1866, but released in December 1865 in time for Christmas, with 4,000 copies issued. Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — under the pen name of Carroll — for Alice Liddell and her two sisters, the book was never intended for a wide audience until a friend of Dodgson’s persuaded him to publish it.

After the success of the first Alice book, Dodgson wrote its sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, which was published in 1872 with a first-edition run of 9,000 copies.

Together the books are valued at $30,000. Along with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, many scholars consider them a starting point of the fantasy genre in literature. 

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