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Bidders go beyond Wonderland

Carroll rubs shoulders with Wilde, Rackham, Tolkien and many other children’s works

Books and works on paper

At £23,000, a copy of the 1866, second (first published edition) of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was probably the most expensive Lewis Carroll lot sold over the Christmas period*, but there were also rare, if somewhat cheaper examples of his work to be found elsewhere.

The Alice… offered at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on December 13, was a first state copy that Carroll (Charles Dodgson) sent to Richard St John Tyrwhitt, a fellow student at Christ Church and later vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Oxford, who became a close friend.

A letter offered with the lot suggests that Dodgson, as he did with other recipients, had asked Tyrwhitt to return the original, now very rare first version. Dodgson viewed it as badly printed and unacceptable, and insisted that it be withdrawn and re-printed.

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