The Connoisseur Volume 6

The Connoisseur Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...very few persons possess the original edition of Lewis Carroll's engaging nursery romance. We suppose Alice's adventures are really in Fairyland, amongst the gnomes of the medieval alchemists, turned gardeners and hatters, kings and queens, to make an English holiday. These are all fairies or nothing. But as to the first edition, let it be noted that it is not dated 1866. It seems that the author printed 2,000 copies at Oxford in 1865, and these were all condemned, as the illustrations did not come out as well as they might have done. Some few copies had got into circulation, and the purchasers were asked to return them in exchange for copies of the newer and better issue of 1866 (really published in the autumn of 1865), and that most of them would no doubt do. As to the condemned issue as a whole, it was distributed among the children's hospitals of London and elsewhere, and may be said to have been put hors de combat, reduced to its pre-author pulp, so to speak. The edition dated 1866 reigns in its stead, and is erroneously styled the first. A clean copy of the Hospital edition sold at this same sale for, 13 15s.; a similar copy of the 1866 edition is worth but half the amount, so that discrimination is necessary. The extensive and in some respects interesting library of Dr. John Taylor Brown, of Edinburgh, who died two years ago, at the good old age of ninety-one, was sold at Sotheby's on the 20th and four following days of April. It was one of the last of the large private libraries for which the northern capital was once so renowned. Dr. Brown began to collect books before he was ten, and used to narrate how his first purchase consisted of a huge folio whose ponderous weight almost bore him down. Henceforward, silently but more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521315
  • 9781236521316