First edition of Carroll's "second-most memorable poem" (Gardner), an excellent association copy, inscribed to Mary C. Dodgson "with the author's love."
PHANTASMAGORIA AND OTHER POEMS
Carroll is best known as a poet for his nonsense verse, including "The Jabberwocky" in THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and the long narrative poem THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK – but among his most sensical poems, "Phantasmagoria" captures the comedy of Carroll's style while offering an actual story of a man haunted by cheerful but rather inept ghosts. "Its 150 stanzas are artfully constructed with impeccable rhythms and clever, at times highly unusual rhymes," Martin Gardner stated in his introduction to the 1998 Prometheus Books edition. "It is a very funny poem."
According to his diary, Carroll sent out 28 copies on January 7, 1869 to his friends and family; the inscription here is dated by him "Jan. 1869." Judging from his letters, he and his sister Mary were very close. She got married a few months after PHANTASMAGORIA was published and it was her son Stuart who wrote the first biography of Carroll (published in 1898). A very personal association copy.
London: Macmillan, 1869. Octavo. 7'' x 5''. Original blue gilt-stamped cloth. All edges gilt, brown coated endpapers. , 202 pages. Inscribed by Carroll on the half title: "Mary C. Dodgson / with the Author's love. / Jan. 1869." Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell box. Two signatures sprung, repair to rear hinge. Spine darkened, light fraying to spine ends with almost invisible repairs, a bit of soiling to cloth.
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