Tenniel, John. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co., 1887. Very Good.
Illustrated by John Tenniel. People's edition. Inscribed by Carroll to his child friend on the half title: "Marie Louise Butterfield, / from the author /May 26, 1896". Publisher's green cloth, with an illustration of Alice and Humpty Dumpty to the front board in red and black. Very good, with a slight lean and some toning to the spine, minor rubbing to the extremities, faint soiling to the otherwise fresh boards, light offsetting to the endpapers, a few illustrations hand colored with crayon, otherwise clean pages. A very sturdy and presentable copy, signed and inscribed by the author. Carroll inscribed this book to Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont (née Butterfield), noted artist and the 6th Countess Manvers and one of Lewis Carroll's child friends. Marie-Louise moved to Oxford at the age of six, and she met Carroll shortly thereafter. Indeed, he wrote in his diary on May 14, 1895, noting that he met a young girl named Marie Louise and that he gave her a copy of Alice's Adventures Underground. He later gave her this copy of Through the Looking-Glass at a friend's birthday party in 1896 when Marie-Louise was only seven years old - the same age as Alice Liddell when she inspired Carroll to write the Alice series. Through the Looking-Glass is Lewis Carroll's sequel to his popular children's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). In this story, which represents the child protagonist's journey from adolescence to adulthood, Alice ventures into a fantasy world through the mirror above her fireplace.