Henry Holiday. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by Henry Holiday. First edition, first printing, with "baker" on page 83 and a single leaf of publisher's advertisement. Publisher's decorative light tan boards with illustrations by Holiday in black, lettered in black. A very good copy, with some wear and light fraying to spine ends, corners lightly worn, some faint evidence of an early glue repair to the lower spine, otherwise a bright, sturdy and fresh attractive copy. In this poem, Carroll returns to the setting of "Jabberwocky," the nonsense poem that was published as part of his 1872 novel Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. Specifically, "The Hunting of the Snark" tells the story of ten sailors, each of whose name begins with the letter B, who are in search of a fearsome creature known as the "snark" which they fear may be an especially dangerous sort known as a "boojum." Like "Jabberwocky," this poem is filled with fantastical adventures, impossible scenarios, and gibberish words.