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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, 1867 1st/2nd -signed / Last Time

$1,550.00
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Category:

Antiquarian & Collectible

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Condition:

Good

Binding:

Cloth

Special Attributes:

Illustrated

ISBN:

Does not apply

Topic:

Literature & Fiction Action, Adventure

Year Printed:

1867

Origin:

English

Country/Region of Manufacture:

United Kingdom

Author:

Lewis Carroll

Character Family:

Alice in Wonderland

Language:

English

Original/Facsimile:

Original

Place of Publication:

London

Subject:

Children's

Illustrator:

John Tenniel

Publisher:

Macmillan and Company

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More than a week ago

Item number:

589444316

Item description

Last time I’m offering this at auction —— Phantom Bookshop offers a very early Macmillan of London printing of the immortal classic, and the world's most famous and beloved children's book: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel London: Macmillan and Co., 1867 Second printing beginning with the next: Stated “Sixth Thousand” with the date 1867 on the title page. This is an early printing!This copy was signed by Ray Bradbury...yes. The master of fantasy himself. It all fits together. Believe me it was not easy, as he paradoxically thought that Alice in Wonderland was a "very strange book." But for me, he did sign it, and I could safely say that this is only second editionsigned by him. Maybe the only "Alice" book signed by him. Interior pages are very good. Boards are 7.25" x 5.0" inches, 192 pages. This copy is in very good condition overall (considering it’s age, and being an immortal popular children’s book) with its front and rear boards worn and with the "Alice motif" worn (and the "Cheshire Cat" motif on the rear board a bit less so, as shown). This book is sturdy, well-bound and very readable in 2018. The book is a very early printing of the first authorized English edition of the greatest children's book ever printed. And to have this classic work in a very early edition such as this is rare and also with some kind of honored privilege. The book was preceded only by the extraordinarily rare suppressed 1865 London edition, of which only about twenty copies are known to exist the 1866 First Printing which was about four thousand copies. This copy of “Alice” was re-cased and retains the original boards and provided with a new spine in brick-red cloth stamped in gold. This new “spine-reback” was provided by a professional book bindery. Please view my photos. This spine differs from the original spine as issued with the book in 1867. I opted to have the existing boards of the book used instead of a new professional, raised and stamped leather binding. In my mind the book would retain more value and also the "flavor of the age" if it had its original boards. The original slate blue endpapers that were originally issued with this copy were replaced long ago by someone with yellow endpapers as shown. The page edges were trimmed down slightly by someone long ago and the gilt in the page edges are not present. (Or, perhaps they never had the gilt on these particular page edges but it’s doubtful.) I have provided photos to view. The front free endpaper was signed by Ray Bradbury in ink at my request years ago at his home in Los Angeles. He was a frequent signer at our store in downtown Ventura, CA. I was a friend of his for nearly three decades and he was the closest author writing strange fantasy at the time. I thought it appropriate to have him sign this book. No doubt, it must be the only very early printing of "Alice" ever signed by Ray Bradbury. He remarked to me at the time he thought “Alice” was 'a very strange book.' Then he signed my copy of “Alice.” In pencil, above Ray Bradbury’s signature, is my name "John Anthony Miller 1997". I created some "Alice" engravings and etchings for dollhouses in the 1980's. I was very famous in that "dollhouse world" You can see my art and the Internet.There is a name written in old hand at the top of the half title page, which is not objectionable. On the last page there are some small pencil words, four of them, which are obscure so I left them there. No ads or other pages follow the last free endpaper after page 192. The book retains the rare original tissue guard with some soiling, and the interior is very good with only light soiling to the pages and general aging, but very good for paper from a popular children’s book from 1867. There is a small closed tear to the bottom edge of page 69, about one-half inch. Very early editions such as this one of ALICE are not common. First editions command very high prices. This book is one in my personal collection. Some people refer to this Six Thousand issue as a “first edition, second printing.”No returns or refunds on sales outside the USA, sorry. Please consider this before a purchase. Thank you for reading and looking, John Anthony Miller Phantom BookshopVentura, CA
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