First edition, inscribed to the Dean of Westminster, an acquaintance at Oxford and later mutually friendly with Henry Liddell, the father of Alice Liddell for whom ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND was written.
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Arthur Penrhyn Stanley was a noted scholar, author and Dean of Westminster from 1864 until his death in 1881. Although Stanley was a controversial figure, he was close to members of the royal family and his wife was closely associated with Queen Victoria. Dodgson photographed Stanley and that photo is now in the National Portrait Gallery (UK). This is a beautiful example of a solid association copy.
Read more: Williams, Madan, Green, Crutch, The Lewis Carroll Handbook, 68.
London: Macmillan, 1869. Octavo. 7'' x 5''. Early 20th century full blue calf beautifully bound by Riviere with extensive gilt tooling on spine, gilt rules on covers, gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Original cloth bound in. No mention of Alice on title page (first issue). 202 pages. Inscribed by Carroll on the flyleaf: "To the Very Rev. the Dean of Westminster with the author's kind regards, Jan. 1869."
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