It appears that around ten copies of the book included a photograph inserted by the author. The albumen carte-de-visite photograph shows the dedicatee of the book, Gertrude Chataway, who was a neighbour of Carroll's in Eastbourne. On 7 February 1876 Carroll wrote to Gertrude’s mother about "…those 10 unmounted cartes of Gertie, which with your permission I got from [the Eastbourne photographer] Debenham, to mount in my own copy of the Snark, and in some I intend to give away…"
A different copy (described as "Dodgson’s own copy") was sold by Christie's New York in 1998 for $20,700 as part of 'The Private Collection of Justin G. Schiller'. That copy comprised an inscribed copy to G.G. Woodhouse and his wife. Dodgson had noted 'received Mar. 29. 1876' as part of the inscription which was dated 29 April 1877. This present copy is that recorded as lot 710 in the Catalogue of the Furniture, Personal Effects and Library of the Late "Lewis Carroll" sold by E.J. Brooks in Oxford in May 1898. It was sold again by Sotheby's in December 1898 and the photograph is mentioned in the cataloguing. The volume re-surfaced in October 1963 when it was sold as part of the Library assembled by the late Robert P. Esty of Philadelphia by Parke-Bernet Galleries.
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