Possibly the Finest A.L.S. of Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll in Private Hands
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (pseudonym Lewis Carroll). (1832-1898). English author, mathematician and photographer. Best remembered for his Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1865) and Through The Looking Glass (1872)
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages, Christ Church, Oxford, Dec. 15, 1875. To My Dear Magdalen. Carroll writes: “I want to explain to you why I did not call yesterday. I was sorry to miss you but you see I had so many conversations on the way. I tried to explain to the people in the street that I was going to see you, but they wouldn’t listen: they said they were in a hurry, which was rude. At last I met a wheel barrow that I thought would attend to me, but I couldn’t make out what was in it. I saw some features at first, then I looked through a telescope and found it was a countenance: then I looked through a micro scope and found it was a face! I thought it was rather like me, so I fetched a large looking glass to make sure, and then to my great joy I found it was me. We shook hands, and were just beginning to talk, when myself came up and joined us, and we had quite a pleasant conversation. I said “Do you remember when we all met at Sandown?” and myself said “It was very jolly there: there was a child called Magdalen,” and me said “I used to like her a little: not much, you know only a little” - Then it was time for us to go to the train - and who do you think came to the station to see us off” You would never guess, so I must tell you. They were two very dear friends of mine, who happen to be here just now, and beg to be allowed to sign this letter as, Your Affectionate Friends, Lewis Carroll and C.L. Dodgson.”.
Boldly written in his characteristic purple ink. In fine condition. A previous collector has housed this treasure in a protective hard cover binding and by tipping the left margin of the letter to a blank page, There are also blank pages tipped before and after the letter for protection. The book can be opened to display the letter or can be kept on a shelf as a book. A most remarkable content handwritten letter that he ever wrote to a child and with an extremely scarce double signature
In addition we have included Liddell, Henry (1811-1898). Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Author “History of Rome” (1855) and co-author with Robert Scott “A Greek-English Lexicon.” Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” for Henry Liddell’s daughter Alice. Autograph letter signed, one page, 1843 to “Dear Jackson.” It refers to a letter that was asking him for help with a book in part: “our Dean forwarded a recommendation of him...” In fine condition ......................$24,500.00