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Doublets: a word-puzzle

CARROLL, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]
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Book 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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Symbolic logic. Part I: elementary

DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge [CARROLL, Lewis]
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Book Description: Macmillan and Co.,, London & New York:, 1896. 8vo. xxxi, [i], 188 pp., plus 3 pages of publisher's advertisements. Original publisher's cloth over boards, cut flush, front cover lettered and ruled in black; presentation inscription, "G.E. Jelf, with the Author's sincere regards. Feb. 22, 1896." Preserved in a red morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. First edition of Carroll's early work of logic, the first issue with the introduction dated January 1896. Intended to supply "for a most interesting mental recreation," this work anticipates his later Game of logic (1897), and introduces his inventive use of square Venn diagrams to represent original syllogisms. FIRST EDITION, PRE-PUBLICATION PRESENTATION COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 11024

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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).
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Book 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)
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Book 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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The Game of Logic.

CARROLL, Lewis. [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge] (1832-1898).
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Book Description: Macmillan, London:, 1887. hardcover. 1 Second printing, preceded by the suppressed edition, of which about 50 are known and which Carroll disapproved. The Game of Logic was first printed for Carroll, in 1886, by E. Baxter at Oxford. This volume includes the Original envelope and game board and 7 of 9 red or gray colored counters. The date printed on the accompanying envelope states "1886" probably indicating this form of the book’s supplement was part of the original edition (as one would expect). It failed to reach the author’s standards, and was rejected for public issue. Carroll’s diary entry on the subject is illuminating: "5 Dec. 1886: The printing of The Game of Logic has not been a success: and I wrote today to Macmillan my decision to have it printed again by Clay, for England, and send these 500 to America just what happened in ‘65 with Alice, when the first 2000, done at the University Press, turned out so bad that I condemned them to the same fate." In his letter to Macmillan, Carroll states: "they will do very well for the Americans, who ought not to be very particular as to quality, as they insist on having books for very cheap" [sic]. He adds: "I would rather that these Oxford copies were not sold in England at all. They must not begin to be sold in America until the English Edition is ready" (quoted from Williams, Madan and Green, p. 132). Laid into the volume is the original printed envelope [Price Three Shillings; the envelope is torn and with some foxing] containing the game board and seven of the nine accompanying counters (red or gray color dots). The original printed (in black ink on both sides) game board for The Game of "Logic" is, other than some minor browning, in excellent condition. The envelope was originally sold separately, thus not all copies had the envelope at the original point of issue. "Within the academic discipline of mathematics, Dodgson worked primarily in the fields of geometry, matrix algebra, mathematical logic and recreational mathematics, producing nearly a dozen books under his real name. Dodgson also developed new ideas in the study of elections (e.g., Dodgson’s method) and committees; some of this work was not published until well after his death. He worked as a mathematics tutor at Oxford, an occupation that gave him some financial security. His mathematical work attracted renewed interest in the late 20th century. Robbins’ and Rumsey’s investigation of Dodgson Condensation, a method of evaluating determinants, led them to the Alternating Sign Matrix conjecture, now a theorem" (Wikipedia). PROVENANCE: Alfred Sutro (1869- 1945), "long a member of the California Historical Society, died on March 9, 1945. Mr. Sutro was born in Victoria, B.C., October 15, 1869. He moved to San Francisco with his family in 1875 and resided there until the time of his death. In 1891 he graduated from Harvard University with the degree of A.B., and then attended Hastings College of the Law at San Francisco, from which he graduated in 1894 with the degree of L.L.B. This same year he was admitted to practice. While attending Hastings, Mr. Sutro had been a clerk in the office of Pillsbury, Blanding and Hayne, and remained with that office after his admission to the Bar. In 1904 he became a partner in the firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, and at the time of his death was the senior partner of this firm. Mr. Sutro was an able lawyer and handled many large and important cases. He was also General Counsel of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company of which organization he had been a director since 1940. He acted in the latter capacity for several other companies, including the Pacific Lighting Corporation. As a great book lover and collector, one of his main interests was the Book Club of California. Under his leadership while President, this club has become very widely known and an intellectual force, having drawn members from all parts of the country" (Allen L. Chickering (1877-1958), California Historical Society Quarterly, March 1945. Bookseller Inventory # S11547

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Euclid and His Modern Rivals

Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
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Book Description: Dover Publications, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Slight edge wear to covers. Embossed stamp to title page. Contents include: Equations, Arguement of Drama.; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 29861

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Book Description: Clarkson Potter, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1977. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Mild wear to spine edges. Sunning to top and bottom of board edges. Previous owner's name stamped on fly leaf. Foxing on fly leaf. Text & pages clean and bright with scattered foxing to pages and fore edges. Publisher's review slip laid in. DJ: bright with nicks and chips to extremities, some scruffing, Vertical crease to inside flap of DJ. Foxing to inside of DJ. DJ protected by mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 005754

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Euclid And His Modern Rivals (1885)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
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Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Hardcover. Euclid and His Modern Rivals is a humorously constructed, yet deeply convincing testament to the Greek mathematicians teachings of elementary geometry. Published in 1879, it appeared in the form of an intentionally unscientific dramatic comedy - Charles Dodgsons attempt to entertain his audience beyond the confining realm of mathematics. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. book. Bookseller Inventory # 9781104164232

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Euclid and His Modern Rivals (Paperback)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
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Book 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)

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Book 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

Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
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Book Description: Dover Publications, New York, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Minor wear and yellowing of pages. Crack in paper at front hinge, though it is cosmetic and does not affect the binding. Bookseller Inventory # 005680

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