Lewis Carroll Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Lewis Carroll Rare Books And Memorabilia

Lewis Carroll Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the English author Lewis Carroll.

Brief history/biography

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll) was born on January 27th, 1832 and died on January 14th, 1898.

Carroll was an English author and photographer, and two of his most notable works include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), both now known as being the books which inspired the future Disney film Alice in Wonderland, released in 1951.

Carroll based the character "Alice" on a girl named Alice Liddell, who was around four years old at the time of their initial meeting. It has been reported and believed by many that Carroll may have had inappropriate feelings for Alice when she was a child, due to numerous reports and evidence which support these theories.

Types of Lewis Carroll Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Christie's in New York sold the rare first issue of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) including ten original pencil drawings for illustrations by John Tenniel, along with Carroll's own handwriting for $1,542,500 in December of 1998.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866) including 42 illustrations by John Tenniel for $43,700 in December of 1998.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title including 42 illustrations by John Tenniel for $34,500 in June of 1999.
  • A first edition copy of Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there (1872) including 50 illustrations by John Tenniel for $36,800 in December of 1998.
  • A first edition copy of the same title including illustrations by Tenniel for $40,250 in June of 1999.

Christie's in London sold:

  • A first edition copy of Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there (1872) which once belonged to Alice and was also signed by Carroll and included 50 illustrations by John Tenniel for £57,600 in January of 2006.
  • A first French edition of Aventures d'Alice au Pays des Merveilles (1869) which was owned by Alice and inscribed by Carroll and included 42 illustrations by Tenniel for £66,000 in January of 2006.
  • Christie's in London sold the third edition of Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there (1893) for £36,000 in November of 2005.

  • Sotheby's in London sold an original copy of Alice's Adventures Under Ground which included an inscription to the real Alice for £157,250 in June of 2001.

Documents

  • Sotheby's in London sold an autographed letter written by Carroll (circa 1891) to the real Alice for £91,250 in June of 2001.

  • Christie's in New York sold corrected gallery proofs of Through the Looking Glass (1871) for $60,000 in April of 2005,

Photographs

Sotheby's in London sold:

  • A photograph taken by Carroll of Alice Liddell as "The Beggar Maid" (circa 1858) for £179,500 in June of 2001.
  • A glass negative photograph of Alice Liddell wearing a garland (circa 1860) for £53,400 in June of 2001.
  • Another photograph taken by Carroll of Edith, Ina and Alice Liddell on a sofa (circa 1858) for £86,000 in June of 2001.

  • Christie's in New York sold Carroll's photograph of Alice dressed as "The Beggar Maid" (circa 1858) for $63,000 in December of 1998.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866) and Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there (1872) are considered to be the most valuable, especially if the copies included illustrations by John Tenniel. First edition copies of these books which were once owned by the real Alice are considered to be extremely rare and valuable, especially if they were signed by Carroll and once dedicated to Alice.

Only five prints from the negative photograph of Alice Liddell wearing a garland are known to exist. There are also only eleven letters between Carroll and Alice known to exist.

Restoration of a first edition copy of Carroll's books or any photographs of Alice is not recommended.

 

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