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Carroll, Lewis [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]
AUTOGRAPH ACROSTIC POEM
15 verse lines in violet ink, signed and dated "Lewis Carroll. | Jan. 18. 1878." written on reverse of title-page for Through the Looking-Glass (Macmillan, 1877), forty-first thousand, some soiling and light spotting
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Provenance

Sotheby's, 12 July 2005, lot 365

Catalogue Note

This acrostic poem is written for Jessie Josephine Scrivener (1865-1952).

Joseph Henry Scrivener (1829-1879), also known by his stage name of Henry Sinclair and Maria Moger (d. 1879) had four children. Jessie was crippled as a child whilst a sister, Sally Sinclair was a child actress that Dodgson saw on stage. The children were orphaned in childhood and looked after by Mrs Sophia Neate with some financial support from the actor Lionel Brough and Dodgson.

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