1868-1872 Fine Bayntun-Riviere Binding Book set - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (WITH) 1stED Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Regular price $5,000 USD
Author: Lewis Carroll. (John Tenniel, illustrator).
Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. (2 volumes set)
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co., 1868 & 1872. First edition of Through the Looking-Glass (with "wade" on p.21 that was changed to "wabe" on later editions), together with an early edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this being from the 11th thousand, published three years after the first edition of 1865.
Language: Text in English.
Size : 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: 192 - 224 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine binding, finely bound by Bayntun (Riviere) in full
blue-green morocco leather, the covers tooled in gilt with a two fillet border, and at the center of the front covers a gilt white rabbit and Alice. The spines are divided into six panels with gilt-tooled bands and compartments, lettered in the second and third, the others with small rabbits and cards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Under a protective removable mylar cover.
An incredibly beautiful binding for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, ex-libris of Harold and Priscilla Gladwin in each volume - as shown, 1871 ink gift inscription on the Looking Glass half-title - as shown, slight foxing mainly to the back of the endpapers added by the binder - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with all the beautiful illustrations by John Tenniel.
Estimate: (USD 10,500 - USD 12,000)
The books: Wonderful book set of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, in a lovely Bayntun (Riviere) binding!
The author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility with wordplay, logic, and fantasy. The poems "Jabberwocky" and The Hunting of the Snark are classified in the genre of literary nonsense. He was also a mathematician, photographer, inventor and Anglican deacon.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year. The firm has continued throughout the years under different managers through the family line and was granted the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery firm has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Their books are still bound by hand, and the firm is world-famous for its fine bindings, restoration, and conservation work.
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