1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the LOOKING GLASS, 2 vols.: CARROLL, LEWIS 1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the LOOKING GLASS, 2 vols.: CARROLL, LEWIS 1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the LOOKING GLASS, 2 vols.: CARROLL, LEWIS 1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the LOOKING GLASS, 2 vols.: CARROLL, LEWIS

1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the LOOKING GLASS, 2 vols.

CARROLL, LEWIS

Published by Mansfield and Wessels, New York, 1899
Condition: Very Good ++ Hardcover
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RARE FIRST EDITIONS, MANSFIELD & WESSELS -- TRUE FIRST PRINTINGS !! >>>>ONLY PRINTING, ALL BLANCHE McMANUS COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS! RARE FIRST EDITIONS, MANSFIELD & WESSELS -- RARE FIRST & ONLY PRINTINGS !! Yes, they are the ONLY PRINTING done in the Original Grey Cloth & Published by Mansfield & Wessels. The Second Printing (Edition) in 1900 was done in Mustard Cloth with Identical Illustrations on both book covers, unlike this First Set with Different Illustrations on the 2. Also, The Copyright was 1900 by Wessels only! There are a number of reasons why, including Wessels taking the Company late in 1899 & an error in the contents listing that needed clarification (Number of Color Plates in "LOOKING GLASS" Was Stated as 12 --IN ERROR! Publication was stopped after this printing, and the Company was taken over by Wessels who did publish it again in early 1900, but in the different Color Cloth, New Cover Designs, & CORRECTION of PLATE LISTING ERROR! That error was in "Through the Looking Glass" which had the specific error in which the number of Color Plates it was published with was Copyright 1899 by Mansfield & Wessels, Both in Very Good - Near Fine Condition. Mansfield & Wessels (New York) published the First Issues of Lewis Carroll's two classic tales to be fully illustrated by an artist other than Tenniel. Fortunately, they chose the incomparable Blanche McManus!! Similar Front Color Embossed Illustrations over Original Grey Cloth with Gilt Titles and yellow/blue/red characters, each title having a different character layout. __________________________________________________________________ NOTE: The question to ask when you view this and the Companion 1900 listing is this: Why were 2 Printings/Varieties, and only 2, done within 1 year of each other. That may seem silly to ask - of course publishers made many impressions of books over years. But that is not the case here. There were only these two (not counting the compendiums done later)! Other than the interpersonal complications of Wessels and McManus being Married at the time, There were two basic publication reasons: 1. The Original 1899 "Looking Glass" had a publisher's error -- specifically, the number of Color Plates it was published with was listed as 12 in the title page. But there were ONLY 10.Never any more! Dealers invariably mislabel their books as "missing" 2 Color Plates in the "Looking Glass". Now, if they view my listings, they will know the error -- an I will have given up a trade secret!! The 1899 clearly states Twelve (12); and the 1900 CORRECTS The Error, Clearly stating Ten (10)! It wasn't because they decided to remove only the so called "last two" Color Plates, and only those two, from the Second Printing. It clearly corrected the Original error that the turn-of the-century dealers and buyers must have vehemently brought to the Publisher's attention!! Their "Looking Glass" books were "missing" the last 2 Color Plates, as listed! Needless to say, in order to not lose credibility, they needed to IMMEDIATELY correct the problem. THUS THE SECOND PRINTING/EDITION/VERSION (You choose the term) was born. 2. The second problem (and I don't claim to know the reasons) was that Wessels took over the publication from Mansfield at the same time!! So what to do?? Wessels could not simply publish the same exact book with the one correction of the number of Plates in one of the two books.He did not own the Dual copyright; and, even if he could use the very same books with only a corrected Title page, Dealers and buyers might be confused by both changes - the number of Plates listed, and the Publisher's name. Thus, the Changed Cover Cloth from Gray to Dark Yellow was born! And, to further eliminate any confusion over the number 12, THEY REPLACED THE NUMBER IN THE 1900 ALICE WITH "MANY" (There are still ALL 12)! _____________________________. Bookseller Inventory # 000367

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Title: 1899 ALICE in WONDERLAND & THROUGH the ...

Publisher: Mansfield and Wessels, New York

Publication Date: 1899

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Blanche McManus

Book Condition:Very Good ++

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued

Edition: 1st Edition

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