Lot 49 of 557:
Presentation copy from Lewis Carroll to his Nephew  

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Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Carroll, Lewis


Macmillan & Co.



[12], 224, [3] pp. Illustrations by John Tenniel. (8vo) original gilt-stamped red cloth, gilt vignettes on covers. Custom morocco-backed case. "Fortieth Thousand."

A presentation copy from the author to his nephew, inscribed on the half title: "Bertram James Collingwood from his affte. Uncle the Author. August 7, 1878." An important copy having been presented to one of the author's two beloved nephews (the other became his biographer). Bertram James Collingwood [1871-1934] shared his uncle's love for mathematics and logic. When Dodgson made his funeral arrangements, he arranged for Bertram to receive (in 1898) that portion of his library related to Mathematics, Science, and Medicine. Like his uncle, Collingwood became a professor and had a brilliant career at University (Cambridge) but, unlike his uncle, he was a fanatical sportsman and is best known today for having donated the "Collingwood Cup" which is still the championship trophy for Irish University Football. Copies of the Carroll's books presented to members of his family are highly uncommon.

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Cloth a bit worn, a few small holes along front joint, rear joint and both hinges repaired, old bookseller's description taped to front endpaper; some soiling to a few leaves at the rear; good.

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