London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. Item #04365
The First Published Edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,”
Finely Bound by Bayntun (Rivière)
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866 [i.e., November 1865].
Second (first published) edition. Small octavo (7 1/4 x 4 11/16 inches; 185 x 119 mm.). , 192 pp. Wood engraved frontispiece with original tissue-guard, numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. A few very light marginal smudges, otherwise fine.
Handsomely bound ca. 1960, in full red morocco by Bayntun (Rivière), stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in. Covers with single gilt line border, front cover with gilt stamped 'Mad Hatter', spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Original gilt decorated cloth covers and spine bound in at end. A fine copy.
“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 cancelled 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. Dodgson thriftily sold 500 copies of the suppressed 1865 printing for publication, with suitably altered title-page, by Appleton’s of New York in 1866” (Printing and the Mind of Man).
“Though dated 1866, this edition was actually published in time for Christmas 1865” (Lovett and Lovett) and therefore preceded the publication of Appleton’s New York edition by six months.
Lovett and Lovett 3. Printing and the Mind of Man 354 (the 1865 first issue). Williams, Madan, and Green 46.