Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ) | First Editions
1832 - 1898
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. He is most fondly remembered for the children's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (which includes the celebrated poem "Jabberwocky"), and the often reproduced poem, The Hunting of the Snark. His work falls under the genre 'literary nonsense', and he is defined by his excellent word play, twisted logic, and fantasy elements. Carroll also devised a number of games which remain popular, including an early version of what today is known as Scrabble. He is also considered to have pioneered the game "doublet" (word ladder), a form of brain-teaser involving letters.
There are two major sites dedicated to Carroll's memory - one on Copenhagen Street in Islington (the Lewis Carroll Children's Library), and one established in 1982 by his great-nephew (a memorial stone in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.)
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Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Forlag, 1959. FIRST THUS. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.56. Publisher's illustrated wraps. Pictured throughout by Tove Jansson. A fine copy. The elegant, scarce and desirable Swedish translation of 'The Snark', being illustrated by the much-loved and award-winning creator of the Moomins.
London: John F. Shaw and Co., no date [circa 1933]. [Children's Illustrated] FIRST SEXTON ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Quarto (28 x 22cm), pp.192. With eight chromolithographic plates including a frontispiece, 23 full page wood engravings, and numerous in-text illustrations. Publisher's colour-illustrated paper-covered boards. With the matching colour-illustrated dust-jacket. Some spotting to preliminaries.....
London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press c.1910. COLLINS' PENNY LIBRARY Edition, with illustrations by T. H. Robinson and Charles Pears. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.62; , advertisements. Colour printed wraps, with adverts to inside covers and rear panel, front cover with illustration by Charles Pears, black and white illustrations within.....
London: Macmillan and Co., 1890. [Children's illustrated] FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION. Quarto (26 x 20cm), pp.[viii]; 56; , blank; , An Easter Greeting; , Christmas Greetings; , ads; , Specimen Page. Priced at Four Shillings. With twenty coloured enlargements from Tenniel's illustrations to Alice in Wonderland. Handsomely bound in deep red.....