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Doublets: a word-puzzle

CARROLL, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]

Published by Macmillan and Co.,, London: (1879)

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Item Description: Macmillan and Co.,, London:, 1879. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. 8vo. 39 pp. Original red publisher's cloth paneled in blind, gilt title on upper cover, slight soiling. An excellent presentation copy inscribed in purple ink, "Mrs. Neate from the Author." Preserved in a modern burgundy cloth box with red morocco sides, gilt lettered. First edition, first issue of this most popular word puzzle, invented by Carroll, that became a parlor craze in its time. "The rules of the puzzle are simple enough. Two words are proposed, of the same length; and the Puzzle consists in linking these together by interposing other words, each of which shall differ from the next word in one letter only." Beginning as a series of single problems which appeared in Vanity Fair on March 29, 1879, these games were collected by Macmillan and published here for the first time in book form. There are thirteen puzzles dated between March 29 and June 21, 1879. The name "doublets" was adopted after a passage in Shakespeare's Macbeth.Dodgson (1832-98), lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College from 1855 to 1881, purportedly invented the game for Julia and Ethel Margaret Arnold, two little girls who "found nothing to do." Sophia Neate (1832-1908) of Heatherside, Woking, took on the care of Sally Sinclair and her siblings, whom Dodgson liked very much, when their parents died. Neate was supported financially by Dodgson and the actor Lionel Brough. On first meeting Mrs. Neate on June 26, 1879, Dodgson wrote in his diary that he ‘found her so interesting that I stayed 4 hours!" He occasionally visited her and noted the progress of the Sinclair children as they grew (see Cohen, The letters of Lewis Carroll, 1979, p. 334n). Bookseller Inventory # 11022

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Photograph of Alfred Lord Tennyson and his son Hallam, and with James Garth Marshall and his family.

TENNYSON, Alfred Lord) DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (CARROLL, Lewis).

Published by Monk Coniston: [29 September, 1857] (1857)

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Item Description: Monk Coniston: [29 September, 1857], 1857. Mounted photograph, approximately (125 × 145 mm), with arched corners. Short closed tear to mount, photograph and mount slightly marked, but in very good condition. A rare original photograph by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) of Alfred Lord Tennyson with his son Hallam, seated together with James and Mary Marshall and their daughter Julia. Mary Marshall was the sister of one of Tennyson's Cambridge friends, and the family owned Monk Coniston, which later became the home of Beatrix Potter. It was there that Tennyson and his wife Emily spent part of their delayed honeymoon in 1851. The Marshalls were "part of a huge family network of enormously wealthy linen manufacturers" and "loved having literary and artistic guests" (R. B. Martin. Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart, 1980, pp. 338-339). At the time he made this photograph, Charles Dodgson was still an unknown mathematics lecturer. He was also a pioneering photographer in the early days of the medium's existence. Dodgson "had an eye for the beauty around him and a good sense of composition, qualities amply evident in his photographs". Historian Helmut Gernsheim called his photographic achievements "truly astonishing" and proclaimed him "the most outstanding photographer of children in the nineteenth century" (ODNB). Dodgson was a good friend of the Marshalls, and this photograph was taken during a visit to Monk Coniston in September 1857. Dodgson knew of Tennyson's stay at the adjoining Tent Lodge, and on paying a social call was "most kindly received [by Mrs. Tennyson] and spent nearly an hour there. I also saw the two children, Hallam and Lionel, 5 and 3 years old, the most beautiful boys of their age I ever saw. I got leave to take portraits of them she even seemed to think it was not hopeless that Tennyson himself might sit, though I said I would not request it, as he must have refused so many that it is unfair to expect it" (Gernsheim, Lewis Carroll Photographer, p. 42). On 22 September he recorded in his diary that he met Tennyson himself: "Brought my books of photographs to be looked at. Mr. and Mrs. Tennyson admired some of them so much that I have strong hopes of ultimately getting a sitting from the poet, though I have not yet ventured to ask for it. He threw out several hints of his wish to learn photography, but seemed to be deterred by a dread of the amount of patience required" (Gernsheim p. 42). Dodgson's own patience was rewarded on the 28th and 29th, when he made portraits of all the Tennyson family members, writing of the 29th that "Went over to the Marshall's about 11 and spent the day till 4 in photography. I got a beautiful portrait of Hallam, sitting, and a group in the drawing-room of Mr. Tennyson and Hallam, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall and Julia" (Gernsheim p. 42). Original photographs by Dodgson are rare, and this tender image of Tennyson and his son certainly displays the "instinct for facial expression" and "strong sense of personality" (ODNB) for which Edmund Wilson praised the photographer. Bookseller Inventory # 72525

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Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there

CARROLL Lewis (Charles Lutwidge DODGSON)

Published by Macmillan & Co. (London) (1872)

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Item Description: Macmillan & Co. (London), 1872. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A true first impression of the rare first edition of the companion to 'Alice in Wonderland'; a very firm copy of the first issue (with 'wade' not 'wabe' in line 2 of the Jabberwock song on P.21) of the first edition in original dark red cloth boards; with gilt titles to spine, decorative triple gilt ruled borders, and Red and White Queen images also framed in triple gilt roundels on front and back covers; tight hinges and text-block, all edges gilded; corners of boards and extremes of spine only lightly rubbed and bumped, with panels slightly discoloured, fabric marginally puckered in form of one oblique fold (4 cm) by spine on upper board, and lightly contemporaneously ink-stained to both. The cream endpapers, though frequently found in earliest bindings, are just possibly replacements for the more customary dark green, and no advertisement page is bound in at the end. There are fifty iconic engraved illustrations from John Tenniel, including the splendid frontispiece (see photo) with its original tissue guard retained; very fresh internally, apart from a suggestion of a very few handling marks, as might be expected, to some page-edges through a history of well-loved yet careful reading, appreciation and enjoyment; but no other markings or foxing etc. are evident, with only the near invisible ghost of a brown italic ink inscription on the half-title page that still just about attests - on magnified scrutiny - to a purchase of this first issue for a gift for Christmas 1871. This is a very pleasing and solid copy of a book that is established as a collector's challenge to find in acceptable condition in its original binding, which is why so many high quality rebindings are prevalent. It is also the very desirable first printing of a children's (and adults') absolute classic, that has never failed to engage, amuse and intrigue every generation since its publication. The author's expertise in, and fascination with, mathematics, chess and paradoxes all feature significantly. This marvellous copy of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' is now protectively housed in a custom-made complementary period cloth dropback box with matching gilt titles to the spine (See photos). Bookseller Inventory # 2013642

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Euclid and His Modern Rivals

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

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ISBN 10: 1443721158 ISBN 13: 9781443721158

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Item Description: Lindemann Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. 332 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 5.7in. x 1.1in.EUCLID AND HIS MODERN RIVALS by CHARLES L. DODGSON. Originally published in 1879. PROLOGUE: THE object of this little book is to furnish evidence, first, that it is essential, for the purpose of teaching or examining in elementary Geometry, to employ one text book only secondly, that there are strong a priori reasons for retaining, in all its main features, and specially in its sequence and numbering of propositions and in its treat ment of parallels, the Manual of Euclid and thirdly, that no sufficient reasons have yet been shown for aban doning it in favour of any one of the modern Manuals which have been offered as substitutes. It is presented in a dramatic form, partly because it seemed a better way of exhibiting in alternation the argu ments on the two sides of the question partly that I might feel myself at liberty to treat it in a rather lighter style than would have suited an essay, and thus to make it a little less tedious and a little more acceptable to unscientific readers. In one respect this book is an experiment, and may chance to prove a failure I mean that I have not thought . it necessary to maintain throughout the gravity of style which scientific writers usually affect, and which has some how come to be regarded as an f inseparable accident of scientific teaching. I never could quite see the reason ableness of this immemorial law subjects there are, no doubt, which are in their essence too serious to admit of any lightness of treatment but I cannot recognise Geometry as one of them. Nevertheless it will, I trust, be found that I have permitted myself a glimpse of the comic side of things only at fitting seasons, when the tired reader might well crave a moments breathing-space, and not on any occasion where it could endanger the continuity of a line of argument. Pitying friends have warned me of the fate upon which I am rushing they have predicted that, in thus abandon ing the dignity of a scientific writer, 1 shall alienate the sympathies of all true scientific readers, who will regard the book as a m iejeu d esprit, and will not trouble them selves to look for any serious argument in it. But it must be borne in mind that, if there is a Scylla before me, there is also a Charybdis and that, in my fear of being read as a jest, I may incur the darker destiny of not being read at all. In furtherance of the great cause which I have at heart the vindication of Euclid s masterpiece I am content to run some risk thinking it far better that the purchaser of this little book should read it, though it be with a smile, than that, with the deepest conviction of its seriousness of purpose, he should leave it unopened on the shelf. To all the authors, who are here reviewed, I beg to tender my sincerest apologies, if I shall be found to have transgressed, in any instance, the limits of fair criticism. To Mr. Wilson especially such apology is due partly because I have criticised his book at great length and with no sparing hand partly because it may well be deemed an impertinence in one, whose line of study has been chiefly in the lower branches of Mathematics, to dare to pronounce any opinion at all on the work of a Senior Wrangler. Nor should I thus dare, if it entailed my following him np f yonder mountain height which Jie has scaled, but which I can only gaze at from a distance it is only when he ceases c to move so near the heavens and comes down into the lower regions of Elementary Geometry, which I have been teaching for nearly five and-twenty years, that I feel sufficiently familiar with the matter in hand to venture to speak. . . This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 9781443721158

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Euclid and His Modern Rivals (Paperback)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Published by Cambridge Library Collection, United Kingdom (2009)

ISBN 10: 1108001009 ISBN 13: 9781108001007

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Item Description: Cambridge Library Collection, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. 198 x 129 mm. Brand New Book. Euclid and His Modern Rivals is a deeply convincing testament to the Greek mathematician s teachings of elementary geometry. Published in 1879, it is humorously constructed and written by Charles Dodgson (better known outside the mathematical world as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland) in the form of an intentionally unscientific dramatic comedy. Dodgson, mathematical lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford, sets out to provide evidentiary support for the claim that The Manual of Euclid is essentially the defining and exclusive textbook to be used for teaching elementary geometry. Euclid s sequence and numbering of propositions and his treatment of parallels, states Dodgson, make convincing arguments that the Greek scholar s text stands alone in the field of mathematics. The author pointedly recognises the abundance of significant work in the field, but maintains that none of the subsequent manuals can effectively serve as substitutes to Euclid s early teachings of elementary geometry. Bookseller Inventory # AAA9781108001007

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Euclid and His Modern Rivals (Paperback)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Published by Cambridge Library Collection, United Kingdom (2009)

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Item Description: Cambridge Library Collection, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. 198 x 129 mm. Brand New Book. Euclid and His Modern Rivals is a deeply convincing testament to the Greek mathematician s teachings of elementary geometry. Published in 1879, it is humorously constructed and written by Charles Dodgson (better known outside the mathematical world as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland) in the form of an intentionally unscientific dramatic comedy. Dodgson, mathematical lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford, sets out to provide evidentiary support for the claim that The Manual of Euclid is essentially the defining and exclusive textbook to be used for teaching elementary geometry. Euclid s sequence and numbering of propositions and his treatment of parallels, states Dodgson, make convincing arguments that the Greek scholar s text stands alone in the field of mathematics. The author pointedly recognises the abundance of significant work in the field, but maintains that none of the subsequent manuals can effectively serve as substitutes to Euclid s early teachings of elementary geometry. Bookseller Inventory # AAA9781108001007

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