WONDERLAND

[ Student Debt in Lewis Carroll's Oxford. ] 68 items relating to the debts of Vincent Hilton Biscoe, undergraduate of Christ Church, including letters from Henry Liddell and Richard James Spiers, and a mass of tradesmen's bills, letters and receipts.

Author: 
[ Vincent Hilton Biscoe of Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; Richard James Spiers, Mayor of Oxford 1853/4
Publication details: 
Christ Church and other locations in Oxford. Between 1857 and 1863.
£2,000.00

A marvellously evocative collection, giving a clear picture of the consequences of a profligate youth in the Oxford of Lewis Carroll (Biscoe would have been well-acquainted with Dodgson as a Fellow of Christ Church at his time there). Not only does the collection provide a large number of itemised tradesmen's bills, receipts and correspondence, for everything from confectionery, cigars, wine, boating, billiards and tennis, to hats, coats, shoes and the doing-up of Biscoe's rooms, but it also shows the efforts of his father, Rev.

[ A 'particularly scarce' Lewis Carroll pamphlet. ] Separate printing of 'Fame's Penny-Trumpet. | Afectionately dedicated to all "original researchers" who pant for "endowment."'

Author: 
'An Unendowed Researcher' [ i.e. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), 'Lewis Carroll' ]
Publication details: 
First page headed: '[NOT PUBLISHED.]' Dated at end 'July, 1876.'
£6,000.00

50 printed re. Carroll's Diary. 3pp., 4to. Paginated 1-3. On a bifolium of Superfine laid paper. Lightly aged and creased; folded twice (central horizontal and vertical folds); the printed pages in good condition, the blank reverse of the second leaf grubby and stained at foot. First page headed: '[NOT PUBLISHED.] | FAME'S PENNY-TRUMPET. | Affectionately dedicated to all “original researchers” who pant for “endowment.”' Thirteen four-line stanzas. First stanza reads: 'Blow, blow your trumpets till they crack, | Ye little men of little souls!

[Letters by author and notes by distinguished recipient] A Selection from the Letters of Lewis Carroll [...] to his Child-Friends.

Author: 
Evelyn M. Hatch, one of Lewis Carroll's child-friends.
Publication details: 
Macmillan & Co., London, 1933.
£650.00

Pp.[xviii].268, 8vo, endpapers foxed, sl. hinge strain, in slightly worn and dulled dj, frontis. portrait, illus., mainly book in very good condition. ENCLOSED: A. Two Autograph Letters Signed "Evelyn M. Hatch", both to Falconer Madan, bibliographer of Lewis Carroll, [Printed heading] 17 Pembroke Gardens, W8, 19 September 1933 and 13 November 1933: Letter One (Sept.) She anticipoates the publication of her "Letters" and reveals the "howler" in the announcement ("Nine or ten" wise words, rather than "Eight or Nine", describing her vexation.

[ Girton College, Cambridge University. ] Anonymous manuscript magazine: 'Girtonica or Pearls from Oysterland. Edited by The Mocking Turtle and the Doormouse', containing a Lewis Carroll parody 'Alice in Oyster-land', and other humorous material.

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Girton College, Cambridge University [ Lewis Carroll; Alice in Wonderland ]
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[ Girton College, University of Cambridge. ] The first volume containing entries dating from between November 1906 and June 1909; and in the second volume between June 1909 and July 1912.
£850.00

235pp., 4to. In two uniform volumes, paginated as follows. Vol.1: ii + 135pp. Vol.2: 89pp. With an additional nine unpaginated pages. Both volumes in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in aged and worn bindings with marbled covers and cloth spines. Written out in at least two hands. The first volume is preceded by a 'Prefatory Note', dated 30 November 1906, giving a good example of the tone of the magazine, which is written in a parody of the academic style (complete with pseudo-scholarly footnotes), and is filled with what are clearly Girton in-jokes.

[ James Lamborn Cock, music publisher. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Lamborn Cock | Music Publisher') to J. H. Friswell, giving an account of Thomas Moore's song 'My Heart and Lute'.

Author: 
James Lamborn Cock of London music publishers Leader & Cock [ James Hain Friswell (1825-1878), author; Thomas Moore, Irish poet; Lewis Carroll [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ]; Alice in Wonderland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 63 New Bond Street ('Corner of Brooke Street'), London W. 16 February 1865.
£50.00

An interesting letter concerning a song mentioned in Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass'. 6pp., 12mo. On two bifolium letterheads. In fair condition, on aged paper. He begins by statig that he has 'taken much interest in theh discussion in the Athenaeum respecting a song of Moore's "My heart & Lute" and possessing some information relative to it' is sends it to Friswell. He proceeds to give an account of publication, with references including the music publisher Power, Sir H. R. Bishop, John Kemble, Sherwood & James, 'The London Stage' and 'The National Airs'.

[ Walt Disney, animator. ] Full-page colour cartoon strips from the English edition of 'Mickey Mouse Weekly', including 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Cinderella'.

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[ Walt Disney, animator ] [ Alice in Wonderland ]
Publication details: 
Printed for the proprietors Willbank Publications, Ltd, by Odhams Press, Ltd, London. From the issues of 29 July 1950 and 21 July, 1951.
£25.00

Six leaves extracted from the two issues, carrying six pages of coloured cartoon strips, with black and white text and illustrations on their reverses. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston, Physician-in-Ordinary to King George V. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Rolleston') to 'Mr. Davies', regarding 'C. L. Dodgson, the author of Alice in Wonderland'.

Author: 
Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston (1862-1944), 1st Baronet, Physician-in-Ordinary to King George V, and President of the Royal College of Physicians [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll'); Tyrwhitt ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Southfield, Trumpington Road, Cambridge. 11 February 1891.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Yes, I feel sure that at the time I pencilled in C. L. Dodgson, the author of Alice in Wonderland etc. The Rev. R. St. John Tyrwhitt was a resident in Oxford, and the note may have been addressed to him across the table? He was the father of the present Admiral Sir R. J. Tyrwhitt.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('H G Liddell') from Henry George Liddell, grandfather of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, to 'Dear Dundas', concerning the Abbotsford Subscription. With print of the 'Ape' cartoon of Liddell from 'Vanity Fair'.

Author: 
Rev. Henry George Liddell (1787-1872), father of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, and grandfather of Alice Pleasance Liddell, on whom Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was based [Sir Walter Scott]
Publication details: 
Letter: Ravensworth Castle; 2 February 1833. Print: Without date or place.
£150.00

Letter: 4 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 36 lines. Text clear and complete. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He addresses him 'as Provisional Secretary to the Abbotsford Subscription Committee', to inform him that he has instructed his bankers in Newcastle to transmit forty pounds from his account to bankers in the Strand, 'to be added to the Abbotsford Fund - being the Amount collected in small sums between 1.£ & 1.s. by Mrs. Liddell in the town of Alnwick & vicinity'. She will forward a book of subscribers' names to the Committee.

Printed handbill 'ADVERTISEMENT' concerning the recall of the 'Sixtieth Thousand' of 'Through the Looking Glass'.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll' [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] [Alice in Wonderland]
Lewis Carroll, Advertisment, Handbill
Publication details: 
Christmas, 1893.'
£175.00
Lewis Carroll, Advertisment, Handbill

On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 18 x 12 cm. Headed 'ADVERTISEMENT.' and signed in type 'LEWIS CARROLL. | Christmas, 1893.' Twenty-eight lines of text. In good condition on lightly-aged and spotted paper. Begins 'For over 25 years, I have made it my chief object, with regard to my books, that they should be of the best workmanship attainable for the price.

Cyclostyled facsimile manuscript parodying, in the style of 'Alice in Wonderland', the amalgamation of the East Indian Railway Company and the Oudh and Rohilkhund Railway, and mainly consisting of a parody of 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'.

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[The East Indian Railway Company; Oudh and Rohilkhund Railway; Alice in Wonderland parody; Lewis Carroll]
Publication details: 
Undated [circa 1925].
£300.00

Printed in purple on six pages, on the rectos of six leaves, each roughly 34 x 21 cm. Three bifoliums, loosely inserted one in the other to make a pamphlet. Text neatly written and complete. Good, on aged and lightly-worn and stained paper, with the discoloration to the blank verso of the last leaf more marked than elsewhere. Begins with a paragraph explaining the context, and ending 'It is strongly rumoured that all the high administrative appointments are to be given to E. I.

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