MastroNet August 2005
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote his two imaginative classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) under the pen name Lewis Carroll. His mathematical books, including the humorous Euclid and His Modern Rivals (1879), were published under his real name. Here we have a hardbound copy of Selections from the Writings of John Ruskin (London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1866) that has been inscribed by Dodgson to his sister on the first blank endpaper: "Alice J. Dodgson from her affectionate brother C. L. Dodgson. March 20, 1886." The inscription is crafted in vibrant purple ink, grading "10", and it is interesting to note the single, looping stroke that links the C, L, and D. As for the 440-page tome, it is GD+ in appearance with beautiful gilt writing on the embossed, ribbed spine. There are minor rubs to the bumped tips of the boards and a lengthy front outer hinge split. The pages are gilt edged. Inside, there are marbleized paste-downs, an inner hinge split following the last numbered page, moderate foxing on the first and last few pages (including the signature page), and a narrow border of light staining along the bottom edge of the last six pages. These condition anomalies notwithstanding, it is of course Dodgson's stunning signature that holds supreme importance. The book comes with a wonderful custom-made, embossed slipcase. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) 1886 Inscribed and Signed "Writings of John Ruskin"
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