Today in history... Lewis Carroll dies


2015-06-26 11:48:21


Today in history... Lewis Carroll dies

January 14, 1898: The eminent childrens author passes away aged 65 in Guildford, England

On this day, in 1898, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson -betterknown tothe world as Lewis Carroll -died andleft behind him a legacy of wordplay, logic and fantasy which endures to this day.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, remainhis most famous works.

The perennial influence ofCarroll's bookswas reflected at auction in December, 2009, when the US auctioneers Profiles in History held a special sale of the Pat McInally Collection of Children's literature.

The sale grossed $551,454. Among its major highlights was a First Edition, dedication copy of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

Lewis Carroll Alice Through The Looking Glass LiddellThrough The Looking Glass ($115k)

Alice Through The Looking Glass Signature Liddell signature

This very special copy of the book was, in fact, dedicated to the real life Alice: Alice Pleasance Liddell, on whom the book's female protagonist is based. The opening page bears her autograph.

As well asfeaturing her signature, at the back of the book is hidden an acrostic poem which spellsout Alice's name.

Thanks to the book's remarkable provenance and exceptional rarity- only three were ever presented in red binding, and only one bears Liddell's signature - it eventually sold for a fantastic $115,000.

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