In June 1889 Dodgson became acquainted with the Duchess and her children: Alice and Charles. Dodgson would later describe them as "charming children" (see Diaries, Vol. 8, p. 596).
This copy is an unrecorded presentation binding. In a letter to his publishers, dated 17 December 1886, Dodgson requested three special copies: one in white vellum (for Alice Liddell) and two in morocco (one for Alice's mother and the other untraceable). These were to be ready in time for Christmas 1886.
For the Duchess' letter of thanks to Dodgson for this "nice book" see The Letters, ed. Cohen, II, p. 748, n. 3.
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