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January 14, 2017

January 14, 1898

A first edition of Alice Adventures's in Wonderland is rarer than one first thinks. Lewis Carroll (January 27, 1832 to January 14, 1898) worked on it with John Tenniel as illustrator. Tenniel first flagged that first print run of 2000 as defective because of the inking and illustrations produced. More details:

The unique publishing history of the 1865 first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is essential in understanding the collecting history of the book. ... After financing the printing and publishing of 2,000 copies of the story out of his own pocket in 1864, the author and his illustrator, artist John Tenniel, felt that the inking of the text and the reproduction of the artwork did not measure up to their standards.

Although Dodgson had presented 48 copies to friends and family, the remaining unbound sheets were sold to an American publisher, and 2,000 improved copies were set to be published by Macmillan, also to be paid for by the author.

Dodgson asked for the copies of that first run to be returned to him, but only about half of them were. Today 23 copies of the 1865 edition of Alice are known to be extant. By 1932, Alice had been reprinted over 92,000 times.

Here are copies of rejected illustrations.

Above is the very first Cheshire Cat.

And the next Tenniel cat:

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