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Notable Newly Revealed Lewis Carroll Letter to Be Auctioned

Happily, Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in real life!) was a prolific letter writer.  Even now, so many years after his death, some of his private correspondence can still surface–even if only long enough to pass from one private collection to another at public auction.  But at least we obtain a new glimpse at… [read full post]

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Alice of Antarctica to Be Auctioned Next Week

Alice of the Polar Regions, Bonham’s Auction 19952, Lot 63

We like to celebrate the fact that the Alice books have been enjoyed all over the world, but did you know that includes Antarctica? Last week, in a story reported by the UK national paper the Telegraph, we learned the interesting and quite touching fact that “Britain’s toughest explorers, who took part in Scott’s gruelling three-year journey… [read full post]

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LCSNA Fall Meeting Announced and Two Book Sales Here and Now

September may be a whole summer away, but plans for LCSNA Fall 2012 Meeting are already coming together. Confirmed speakers include Adam Gopnik on Sylvie and Bruno and Robin Wilson, who wrote Lewis Carroll in Numberland. The meeting will take place on Saturday, September 29 at the Fales Library in New York University (home of the fabled Berol… [read full post]

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Ayres Houghtelling’s Alice in Wonderland up for auction at Sotheby’s tomorrow

Ayres Houghtelling’s groovy painting of Alice in Wonderland, intricately imagined with egg tempura and gouache on a surprisingly small board, will go up for auction at Sotheby’s on April 5th with an estimated price of $10k-$15k.  It was described by blogger Kathy Hernandez thusly: “No picture has ever drawn me in like ‘Alice in Wonderland’… [read full post]

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The Daguerreotype that was not Dodgson or The High Price of Mistaken Identity

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Dr Michael Pritchard, a regular contributor to the British Photographic History Blog, has alerted us to his cautionary tale about the uncertain world of eBay bidding. The above daguerreotype, which if you can’t read it is captioned “Charles L. Dodgson Christ Church 1858,” recently sold on eBay for £3,300, about $5,300. The image, if you… [read full post]

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First editions and part of a poem about bats under the hammer

Christie’s Sale 5475, Lot #212

Mentioning every Carroll-related item that comes up for auction would be impossible, and not the good do-it-before-breakfast kind of impossible either. Nevertheless, here’s a couple of lots coming up at the end of this month that seem worth a mention. On November 30, Christie’s in London will be auctioning a number of  books and pamphlets…. [read full post]

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