Published by Macmillan & Co, London (1872). Published in the same year as the first edition and a very early impression (in the fifteenth thousand). Bound in the publisher's red cloth gilt with gilt lines and vignettes on front and back covers. There are fifty illustrations by the famous Punch artist John Tenniel, which include a tissue-protected frontispiece.
"As for you," she repeated, catching hold of the little creature in the very act of jumping over a bottle which had just lighted upon the table, "I'll shake you into a kitten, that I will!"
This is the sequel to the immensely popular Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Macmillan, 1866). This second book sold extremely well, with 15,000 copies being bought in the first seven weeks following publication. Most children's books of this time were instructional or were dry tales with a pious moral message so the satirical and witty Alice books flourished, being enjoyed by adults as well as children.
Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), a shy mathematics don at Christ Church, Oxford. The White Knight depicted on the frontispiece with Alice is widely believed to be a caricature of Dodgson himself.
CONDITION: Corners of the covers bumped and some small scuffs to the front cover edge. Spine is split for much of it's length being held top and bottom. Nevertheless, remains neat. Gilt edges to pages in very good condition. Small label with previous owners name on first free end-paper. There are some thumb marks on the pages. (See Photos)