Monastery Hill Binding. 1932 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, & The Hunting of the Snark


A beautiful book, from the collection of the Monastery Hill Bindery (sold at Hindman auction 23, June 2020); 1932 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and The Hunting of the Snark, by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by John Tenniel. With a wonderful onlaid spine depicting the Queen and King of Hearts; sure to add handsomely to any Carrollian shelf.

About the Bindery -

Beginning in 1868, the Monastery Hill bindery, in Chicago, proved itself to be one of America's most successful and high-regarded binderies late into the 20th century. The twelve-volume, Life of Napoleon, bound by the founder Ernst Hertzberg remains one of their best known works, and in 1907 sold for $12,000 (which is around $300,000 in today's dollars); today it resides in the University of Iowa Library.

This work is stamped at the bottom turn-in of the rear board, "Monastery Hill".

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 22.5 x 15 x 4 cm.. 3/4 crushed morocco binding. Board with decorative cloth (painted?) inserts ruled in gilt. Spine with four raised bands; the King and Queen of Hearts are onlaid in two compartments, and "Alice in Wonderland - Carroll" is in gilt in the last compartment. White and red double endbands. Decorative paper endpapers. Illustrated. Pages - (3), xxiv, 25-351, (3)

Condition -

See pictures. A few light marks on decorative paper at front board. A little wear at edges and joints. Onlaid faces have uneven darkening. Slight darkening to leather overall. Internally clean; I don't find any bookseller or binder pencil marks! The paper is a little toned, but it's likely just the color of depression era paper.

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