DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'LEWIS CARROLL' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to "Margaret Evelyn Hardy - from the Author" in black ink on the half-title, Macmillan, 1866 [1865]

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DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'LEWIS CARROLL'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to "Margaret Evelyn Hardy - from the Author" in black ink on the half-title, Macmillan, 1866 [1865]

Sold for £ 25,250 (US$ 34,502) inc. premium
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'LEWIS CARROLL'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to "Margaret Evelyn Hardy - from the Author" in black ink on the half-title, frontispiece and 41 illustrations by John Tenniel, small piece torn away from pp.25/26, short tear in margin of 7 leaves (of which 5 repaired with archival tape), final leaf with ragged tear touching some letters repaired and long crease, approximately 7 leaves with light fold crease in corner, occasional light spotting and handling marks, later red calf gilt, g.e., worn at extremities, small losses at spine ends [Handbook 46], 8vo, Macmillan, 1866 [1865]

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  • AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION OF ALICE, inscribed to Margaret Evelyn Hardy, the daughter of Gathorne-Gathorne Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook.

    Gathorne-Hardy had come into the orbit of Dodgson's Oxford circle in 1865, the year in which Alice was published, when he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the election for the Oxford University constituency, a seat he won by defeating William Ewart Gladstone. Dodgson records his signing of a voting paper for the election in his diary (10 July 1865) and, prompted by that election, wrote Dynamics of a Parti-cle (1865), a satirical pamphlet masquerading as a mathematical treatise.

    In 1867, newly promoted to the role of Home-Secretary, Gathorne-Hardy visited Oriel College, Oxford, and Dodgson took the opportunity of inviting him to Christ Church to have his photograph taken. Dodgson noted in his diary on 10 June 1867 "...I succeeded in taking two pictures of him, neither of them, I fear, particularly successful". However, a friendship was forged. Later that month, Gathorne-Hardy wrote to Dodgson that "My little girl's names are Margaret Evelyn, and I am sure she would dearly treasure Alice in English and French, but has no right to tax you for both." A correspondence between the two men ensued, Dodgson later meeting Mrs. Hardy and the family, and evidently [see following 2 lots] continuing to send copies of his books to the young Margaret Evelyn.

    Provenance: Margaret Evelyn Gathorne-Hardy (1858-1943), presentation inscription from the author.
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DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'LEWIS CARROLL' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to "Margaret Evelyn Hardy - from the Author" in black ink on the half-title, Macmillan, 1866 [1865]
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'LEWIS CARROLL' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED to "Margaret Evelyn Hardy - from the Author" in black ink on the half-title, Macmillan, 1866 [1865]
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