DODGSON, Charles L. (Lewis Carroll). Phantasmagoria And Other Poems. (1869 - FIRST EDITION - FIRST ISSUE - PRESENTATION COPY)
HIS FRIEND & COMPANION ON THE MEMORABLE BOATING TRIP WHICH GAVE US
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”
AUTHOR: DODGSON, Charles L. (Lewis Carroll).
TITLE: Phantasmagoria And Other Poems.
PUBLISHER: London: Macmillan & Co., 1869.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION FIRST ISSUE PRESENTATION COPY. 1 vol., with the chapter 'Melancholetta' incorrectly numbered 78 in the Table of Contents and no cancel title-page and without 'Author of Alice in Wonderland' to the title-page, inscribed on the half-title "Rev R. Duckworth, with the Author's sincere regards. Jan 1869." Bound in the publisher's original gilt stamped blue cloth, leather bookplate of Harry Glemby to front pastedown, housed in a 1/2 red morocco slipcase, ribbed gilt lettered spine.
CONDITION: Spine slightly darkened, all edges gilt, inner hinges just starting, outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine with minor rubbing.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This copy originally sold at Anderson Galleries in NY in 1926 as part of the collection of Harry Glemby.
Duckworth was the person rowing the boat on the original boating expedition of 4 July 1862 during which Alice's Adventures were first told by Lewis Carroll. He is represented by the Duck in the book, a play on his last name. A more interesting presentation/association copy of this title can not be imagined. To appreciate the interest fully one must refer to the Lewis Carroll Picture Book, edited by S. Dodgson Collingwood, London, 1899, pages 358-60, where Canon Duckworth relates the whole origin of the story of Alice and the river expedition which gave rise to it.