1876 Rare Victorian Book - The Hunting of the SNARK by Lewis Carroll.
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Author: CARROLL, Lewis. (Henry Holiday, illustrator).
Title: The Hunting of the Snark: an agony in eight fits / by Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice's adventures in wonderland," and "Through the looking-glass." With nine illustrations by Henry Holiday.
Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co, 1876. Seventeenth thousand [first edition, second reprint (seventeenth thousand) published in 1876].
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: xi-83 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original Victorian gilt decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the nine very nice illustrations by Henry Holiday. The book also includes the "blank" ocean chart, the attribution of which remains uncertain. While traditionally attributed to Holiday, recent discussions suggest it may have been the work of another hand, possibly arranged by Carroll himself or a typesetter commissioned by him.
Estimate : (USD 350 - USD 650).
The book: Rare and attractive first edition, second reprint (seventeenth thousand) published in 1876. It has the original red cloth boards with triple-ruled gilt edging. On the front board is a gilt image of a Bellman and on the rear board is a slightly smaller image of a Beaver. The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits) is a poem written by English writer Lewis Carroll. It is typically categorized as a nonsense poem. Written from 1874 to 1876, the poem borrows the setting, some creatures, and eight portmanteau words from Carroll's earlier poem "Jabberwocky" in his children's novel Through the Looking-Glass (1871).
The author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem "Jabberwocky", and the poem The Hunting of the Snark – all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility with wordplay, logic, and fantasy. There are societies in many parts of the world dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life.
The binder: Sangorski & Sutcliffe is a firm of bookbinders established in London in 1901. It is considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century, famous for its luxurious jeweled bindings that used real gold and precious stones in their book covers.
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