Rare first edition (1889) of ‘The Nursery Alice’ by Lewis Carroll, illustrations by John Tenniel.
In 1881, Carroll manifested the idea of a ‘nursery version’ of Alice. It was finally printed in 1889, but Carroll rejected it due to the 20 illustrations being “far too bright and gaudy” and instructed “Mr. Evans (printer)must begin again”. The first 10,000 copies were printed on toned paper (like this copy). 4,000 rejected copies were sent to the U.S., dated 1890 and the rest sold in the UK as people’s edition. This copy is dated 1889, one year earlier.
Unsold copies of the 1st edition were bound and overprinted ‘People's Edition, Price 2 Shillings’ at the top of title page.
This is a much rarer edition then the second, which was published on white rather than toned paper and whit Alice removed from the Cheshire Cat illustration. This is also the first ever colored version of Alice: an exquisite, rare copy in any condition.
This version has original illustrations, before amendments made in second editions (side profile of Alice’s face looking at the Cheshire Cat [pg.34] is missing in the 1890 publication).
Condition: Original signed pictorial boards, soiled but vivid colors. yellow endpapers and tissue guard professionally restored. Central leaf was missing, likely restored by previous owner with age-compatible paper. First free pages and part of frontispiece show light water stains, which have been treated. Some ‘nursery readers’ signs (mostly small fingerprints), but good page quality with clear text, bright and untouched chromolithographic illustrations throughout.
- Aantal boeken
- Geïllustreerd, Kinderboeken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Lewis Carroll / John Tenniel
- The Nursery Alice
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Mc Millan & Co.
- Harde kaft
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 26×20 cm