A beautiful set of the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; authored by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by John Tenniel and published by Macmillan & Co.. The appropriately dark-red bindings are richly decorated in gilt.
Alice's Adventures is an 1877 "Fifty Sixth Thousand" printing of the first edition. Through the Looking-Glass is an 1872 "Thirty-First Thousand" printing of the first edition.
Physical Attributes -
Each measures approx. 19 x 13 x 2 cm, 8vo.
Moroccan dark-red bindings; boards decorated with a gilt rolled border, corner florets, and an alternating flower/dot motif fills the boards. The spines have five raised bands with three gilt circles on each band, four compartments with central florets bordered with gilt fillets and corner circles, two compartments with the title and author in gilt on black leather, and the year in gilt at the base of the spines. All edges gilt (by Macmillan). Turn-ins rolled in gilt with rich floral and vine tool. Floral and vine gilt-decorated endpapers nearly match the turn-ins. Red and gold double endbands.
Illustrated. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - forty-two illustrations. Through the Looking-Glass - fifty illustrations.
Collation, Wonderland - (2), xii, 192, (2); signed a4,b2, B-V8, AA8
Collation, Through - (2), xii, 224, two pages of advertisement/colophon, (2); signed ()6, B-P8, Q2
See pictures. Fresh bindings on both, with only a small fingernail (or ring) rub on the back of Through the Looking-Glass. Both books have fresh endpapers. They retain their original gilt, with a little fading to top-edges.
Both have ex-libris inscriptions on the half-title. Frontis tissue in-place in both volumes Both have some soiling, darkening near edges, and thumbing, consistent with well-loved classics.
Wonderland has some spotting near bottom edge throughout, and occasional fox spot. Picture at 15 faint, hint of pink suggests color erased, upper corner of 29 chipped away, 75-78 small fore-edge chip, small ink spot on 182-3, 2 cm tear top-edge 187.
Glass has occasional fox spots, candle ember mark on 66-67, top corners just barely chipped away 81-86, small ink spot on 90, some dog-eared pages, 2 cm. tear top-edge of 165.
Despite notes, both are beautiful books that, due to some small signs of use/time, and the retention of the original gilt edges, look lovingly aged, precious and honest.
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