1872 Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll. 1st edition, 2nd state ("wabe"). Sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


A first edition (second state) Through the Looking Glass, the classic follow-up to Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

In the very first copies through the presses there was a misspelling on page 21 ("wade" for "wabe"), but the publisher fixed it quickly. This copy has the corrected "wabe", meaning it's a "second state" of the first edition.

After this copy/printing run, they paused (likely for a month or two) then released more copies with a "thousand"s state on the title page, as sales had been successful; this copy pre-dates those later states of the 1st edition. There is no "thousand" on the title page.

"Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic (running helps you remain stationary, walking away from something brings you towards it, chessmen are alive, nursery rhyme characters exist, etc.). Through the Looking-Glass includes such verses as "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire." - Wikipedia

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 18.5 x 12 x 2 cm. Crushed leather binding, blind tooled faux hinges extend from spine cords onto boards. Border near board edges tooled in blind. Five raised cords to spine, Title and "Carroll" in gilt in two compartments. Marbled endpapers.
Pages: (1), xii, 224, (1)

Condition -

See pictures. Some patina to binding; a little loss of color along joints, some rubs, edge wear, etc.. Joints feel like they might be a little tender, I open it in a "V" shape, using a towel, to avoid any damage to hinge/joint. Ex-libris plate on flyleaf. Some toning throughout. Occasional rust/fox spot. Occasional thumb. Occasional crease from dog-earing corner. Page 7 has ink smudge. Occasional pencil annotations in bottom margin.

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