LEWIS CARROLL - SIGNED - LETTER - GIBSON BOWLES - PHOTOGRA - ALICE IN WONDERLAND For Sale
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LEWIS CARROLL - SIGNED - LETTER - GIBSON BOWLES - PHOTOGRA - ALICE IN WONDERLAND:
Desirable autograph letter, 1 page, 4" x 6", on black-bordered stationary,Christ Church, Oxford, November 5, 1884 to T. Gibson Bowles**
Signed: "C.L. Dodgson" and "Lewis Carroll" within the text
In full: "I hope you may think the enclosed worth noticing - / not for thesake of the sale of it (it is sure to be a loss) but because of the importanceof the subject, / at this most critical time. / If you do, please make noallusion to "Lewis Carroll"..."Having retired from lecturing at Christ Church, Oxford in 1881, Dodgson shiftedhis focus onto his philosophical and political interests. The enclosed item mentionedin this letter was most likely a copy of his recently completed booklet entitled "ThePrinciples of Parliamentary Representation." Dodgson presented this booklet as aunified approach to the electoral reform issues which were being discussed at thetime. Though commercially unsuccessful (as anticipated by Dodgson, noting,"it issure to be a loss"), it contributed valuable ideas to the political scene.***Not in Cohen "The Letters of Lewis Carroll" but see a later letter to Bowles,January 12, 1885.
Bowles (1842-1922) started the society paperVANITY FAIR a journal for women. Carroll contributed to his publications,and was photographed by Carroll.
Together with a vintage gravure photograph (4 1/4" x 7 1/4")of Lewis Carroll with facsimile inscription. Condition: a penciled office notation to the upper left,otherwise fine condition
** Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922) was the founder of the magazines"Vanity Fair" (1868) and "The Lady" (1885). Dodgson socialized withBowles and later contributed to his publications.
Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was an English author,mathematician, photographer; most famous for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland","Through the Looking-Glass", "The Hunting of the Snark", etc.
Born: 1832, Daresbury Halton, Cheshire, England; died: 1898, Guildford, Surrey, England.
George HouleHoule Rare Books & Autographs
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