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Alice in Wonderland Book w/ Lewis Carroll Autograph For Sale In Nate D. Sanders Store

FREE APPRAISAL.  To auction, buy, consign or sell your Lewis Carroll autograph aka Charles Dodgson autograph or an Alice in Wonderland signed book that is for sale, please write Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone our auction company, The Nate D. Sanders Auction House in Los Angeles at (310) 440-2982.  Thank you.

Lewis Carroll Autograph For Sale

It is rare to find a Lewis Carroll autograph aka Charles Dodgson autograph in an Alice in Wonderland book and when Carroll did inscribe a copy, he would usually sign it “By the Author.”  In the Nate D. Sanders store, we have a Lewis Carroll autograph inside an Alice in Wonderland book — actually, much more than a Lewis Carroll autograph.  Take a look:

Lewis Carroll Autograph Poem Signed in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” — Carroll Cleverly Composes an Acrostic Poem Where the First Letter of Each Line Reveals a Message

Original Lewis Carroll autograph poem signed by Lewis Carroll, dedicated to the sister of an “Alice” who died in infancy. Carroll composes the tender poem inside a presentation copy of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (London: MacMillan and Co., 1874), inscribed on the half-title page in Carroll’s signature purple ink, “Presented to Jessie Howard Clark, in remembrance of her sister Alice, by the Author / July 15, 1875”. Young Jessie lived in Australia which served as the basis for the poem, alongside the themes of death and the connected experience of childhood across the world. The poem is additionally constructed so that the letters of the first words of each line form the recipient’s name, “Jessie Howard Clark”. Written on the page opposite the table of contents, poem reads in full,

“Just half a world to travel o’er,
E’re this may reach its Southern home:
Such waters wide between us roare
So many a league of barren foam.

In vain the trackless interspace –
England’s white ships can cleave the flood,
Hailing as brethren every race
Of English speech & English blood.

Wherever English childhood dwells
‘Alice’ may hope to find a band
Ready to listen while she tells
Dreams of the shadowy ‘Wonderland.’

Child-friend, whom I shall never see!
Let me in fancy feel thee nigh,
And trust in other lands to be
Remembered as the years go by –
Kind thoughts will live, though we may die.

Lewis Carroll autograph
July 15, 1875.”

Jessie’s father was author John Howard Clark, who originally wrote Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, regarding his own book “Bertie and the Bullfrogs”, inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Upon learning that Clark had a daughter Alice who died in infancy, Carroll kindly composed this poem and gifted it to Clark’s other daughter Jessie. Book measures 5″ x 7.25″, bound in publisher’s red boards with gilt titling. With original black endpapers and all edges gilt. Separation starting to front and rear joints, and scuffing to boards. Interior is clean, including manuscript pages. Overall in very good condition, with a dramatic presentation.

 

Lewis Carroll Autograph

Charles Dodgson Autograph Manuscript Acrostic Poem Signed Lewis Carroll. Click to Enlarge

Price $50,000.

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Similar Item Sold

This may not be a Lewis Carroll autograph, but it is a great Alice in Wonderland item that we sold at Nate D. Sanders:

Sir John Tenniel Illustration Used in the First Edition of ”Through the Looking-Glass” — With a Presentation Signing by Tenniel From ”Christmas 1876”

Sir John Tenniel original illustration from ”Through the Looking Glass”, the sequel to the enormously successful ”Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. This illustration appears on page 201 of the first edition of ”Looking Glass”, done to illustrate the text, ”She was standing before an arched doorway over which were the words QUEEN ALICE in large letters…” A presentation inscription by Tenniel is written to the lower margin, ”With Mr. Tenniel’s kind regards / Christmas 1876”. Pencil drawing was done sometime between 1869-1871 when Tenniel again collaborated with Lewis Carroll in illustrating his novel, an undertaking that Tenniel first rejected due to the time-consuming nature of the work: after drawing preliminary sketches, Tenniel would transfer the artwork onto woodblocks using tracing paper and then finish shading on the blocks. The Brothers Dalziel would then produce engravings from the blocks. Tenniel at first rejected Carroll’s offer to illustrate ”Looking Glass”, but ultimately relented as Carroll could find no other illustrator that matched Tenniel’s ”grotesque” interpretation of the fantasy creatures he envisioned. Drawing measures 3.25” x 4.5”, archivally matted and framed to 11.25” x 12.75”. Very light foxing to margins and light uniform toning, overall near fine condition. From the Bronson Winthrop collection of Tenniel drawings: Parke-Bernet sale of 12 March 1945, lot 164.  Sold for $37,500. 

Lewis Carroll Autograph

Sir John Tenniel original illustration from “Through the Looking Glass”. Click to enlarge.

FREE VALUATION.  To auction, buy, consign or sell your Lewis Carroll autograph aka Charles Dodgson autograph or an Alice in Wonderland signed book, please write Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone our auction company, The Nate D. Sanders Auction House in Los Angeles at (310) 440-2982.  Thank you.

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