London: Macmillan, 1890.
Nursery version of the classic story conceived to be read and 'cooed over' by younger readers. The two additional 'puzzle-pictures' or sketches that complement this copy are rare and precious examples of a game Carroll used to play with children – the object being to guess the animal before Carroll had finished drawing it. Such extempore amusements suggest that the famous author of Alice in Wonderland did not merely write for children, he actually liked them as well.Item #1235
Presentation copy of the first published edition – inscribed by Lewis Carroll on the half title – with two original ink puzzle-pictures by Lewis Carroll tipped in. Quarto, bound in original pictorial boards, preserved in a deep blue, folding, cloth box, 257 mm x 200 mm., 75 pages, colour frontispiece and 3 full-page colour illustrations, numerous illustrations throughout; water damage affecting pages at front and end, endpapers browned and corners worn, otherwise a very good copy.