Lot 30
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CARROLL, THE GAME OF LOGIC, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, 1887 (1 VOL.)

Estimate
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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Description

  • Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ["Lewis Carroll"]
  • The Game of Logic. London: Macmillan and Co., 1887
  • paper
8vo (185 x 124mm.), SECOND (FIRST PUBLISHED) EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ("Bessie Badcock | from the Author. | Feb. 23, 1894.") on half-title, loosely inserted envelope (inscribed "Bessie Badcock | from L.C."), card-diagram, seven (of nine) counters, original red cloth with lettering in gilt, collector's chemise and red morocco-backed slipcase, minor hole to upper hinge, booklabel, some tears to envelope

Provenance

Christie's New York, Lewis Carroll and Alice: The Private Collection of Justin G. Schiller, 9 December 1998, lot 19

Literature

Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch 196

Catalogue Note

Loosely inserted is an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED to Bessie Babcock presenting the book and noting '...you will find the first few pages easy, I think: and perhaps it will help you to know whether you are likely to care to learn the subject'. He signs the letter 'yours affectionately' having excused himself by stating '...there are more than 40 years between our ages...' (small 8vo, 2 pages, Christ Church, 23 February 1894).

Elizabeth ("Bessie") Babcock of Croydon (d. 1936) may have been a member of a furniture-making firm based in Oxford. In June 1883 Dodgson wrote to J.R. Dasent recommending Messrs. Babcock for carving the legs for a slab of elm given to Christ Church to be made into a table.

This lot also includes a typewritten note from the British Museum (c. 1948), a handwritten card of provenance and an incomplete carbon of a letter to The Times (31 December 1937) making reference to the autograph letter.

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