THE WONDERLAND POSTAGE-STAMP CASE,
WITH EIGHT OR NINE WISE WORDS ABOUT LETTER-WRITING
Oxford, Emberlin and Son, 1890. First
edition. The Letter-Writing pamphlet is
4 by 3", 39pp. Stated first edition.
Publisher's ads appear on pages 36-39,
and the last page is blank. This state is
not described by Williams, else it bears
the earliest possible date of 1890, with
the 'first published, 1890' statement on
the verso of the cover
The stamp case bears the statement on the
rear: "Invented by /[Cheshire cat smile]
/Lewis Carroll/ MDCCCLXXXIX". The
case into which it slips is the second state
(Williams 194.1) with the publisher's imprint
above the Cheshire cat.
This is a very nice set with hardly any trace
of wear and only normal signs of ageing.
The outer envelope is not present.
THE DICTES AND SAYINGS OF THE PHILOSOPHERS
Detroit, Cranbrook Press, 1901. 4to. One of 244 copies, of which this is number 2. Finely
printed on paper handmade for the Press, with many pages in interlaced ornament of the
Morris tradition. Full contemporary brown morocco, spine in six compartments, gilt, boards
tooled in gilt; gilt inner dentelles; all edges gilt.
The Cranbrook Press was established in 1901 by George B. Booth. This is the second offering
of the Press, and used the Caxton edition of 1477 as the source for the text.
With the bookplate of DeGuinzbourg on the front pastedown and the signature of E. F.
Langley on the front free endpaper.
Corners bumped, hinges lightly rubbed, upper inner hinge neatly mended, else a fine copy of
a wonderful imprint.