The hunting of the Snark. An agony in eight fits ... with nine illustrations by Henry Holiday.

London, Macmillan and Co., 1876.

8vo, pp. xi, [3], 83, [3]; with nine illustrations within the text; a few small marks, else a very good copy in the original pictorial black and beige cloth; a little light wear, small stain to spine; with An Easter greeting to every child who loves “Alice” (pp. 4) inserted at the beginning; ownership inscription of C.J.B. Donkin to the front free endpaper.


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First edition of this characteristically dark nonsense poem, dedicated to Gertrude Chataway, Carroll’s dearest child friend after Alice. The Easter greeting was inserted into every copy of the first edition after printing at Carroll’s own expense.

Dodgson’s younger brother Wilfred married into the Donkin family when he married Alice Jane Donkin in 1871. She and her sister Alice Emily were two of the child friends photographed by Carroll.

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