The Limited Editions Club
1932 - 1935
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Deluxe limited editions of Carroll's classic texts signed by the “Original Alice,” Alice Hargreaves.
Known as the “Centennial Editions,” these are the only “Alice” books signed by the “Original Alice,” Alice Liddell Hargreaves, for whom Lewis Carroll wrote his most famous work, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. According to The Dictionary of National Biography, Alice was the daughter of Henry Liddell, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where Charles Dodgson was a lecturer in mathematics. Dodgson, whose hobby was photography, frequently photographed Alice and her sisters and became a close family friend, playing games with, and making up stories for, the children. It was on a picnic on 4 July 1862 that he invented the story of Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice was then aged ten and pleaded with him to write Alice's adventures down for her, which he carefully did, supplying his own illustrations, in a green notebook that has become one of the most cherished literary manuscripts in the British Library.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1932 with a limitation of 1,500 copies with this being number 191. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There was published in 1935 with a limitation of 1,500 copies with this being number 1,179. Alice Liddell Hargreaves did not sign all of the copies of these two books. Subscribers to the Limited Edition Club were asked to pay a surcharge to get an autographed copy. Estimates are that she signed about 1,200 copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and about 500 of Through the Looking Glass. The books themselves are beautifully produced and feature 94 original illustrations by John Tenniel (43 illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and 51 illustrations for Through the Looking Glass).
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