CARROLL, Lewis (pseud. Charles L. Dodgson)
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. With Fifty Illustrations by John Tenniel
London: Macmillan, 1872. First Edition. A pleasing copy of Carroll's second "Alice" book (following "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," published seven years earlier). The profusion of rebound and restored copies in the marketplace attests to the book's fragile nature; the current example is completely free of restoration, and without the usual faults -- cracked hinges, faded gilt, and sprung signatures -- associated with this title. First Issue, with "wade" for "wabe" on p.21. Octavo (18.5cm); original publisher's red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine, with vignettes in gilt on front and rear covers; all edges gilt; blue-black endpapers, [vi] preliminary leaves; -224, pp. Fifty illustrations in-text by John Tenniel. Cloth slightly and evenly rubbed, with one small (ca. 3/4") spot of somewhat heavier abrasion to rear board; touch of fading to spine; still a tight, straight copy with text fresh and unmarked, gilt on spine and covers bright and legible. Original trade binder's ticket of Burn to rear pastedown; embossed bookseller's stamp to front free endpaper ("W.H. Smith & Son, Strand, London"). A solidly Very Good, unrestored copy.