Tenniel, John. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co., 1872. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by John Tenniel. First edition, first printing, with "wade" for "wabe" on p. 21. Publisher's red cloth, stamped in gilt to the front board with an illustration of the Red Queen, and to the rear board with an illustration of the White Queen, boards triple-ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, black coated endpapers. A very good copy with some wear to extremities, cloth with some darker spots and bubbling to the front board, two-inch split to cloth at front joint near spine foot, front hinge cracked but holding at title page. Overall, a completely unsophisticated and attractive copy of this classic work of children's literature. 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. Just as Alice relies on the imagery of playing cards, Through the Looking Glass is laden with chess imagery; Alice steps into the fantasy world as a white pawn on a giant chess board. While making her way to be crowned queen, she runs into many of Carroll's beloved characters, including Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and the Red Queen. Additionally, this text employs a mirror motif, with many backward-printed texts and scenarios that appear to be the reverse of scenes from Alice. Throughout the novel, Carroll includes nonsense poetry, including the playful "Jabberwocky."