A first edition of Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, sold for £3K yesterday at Lawrences Auctioneers. The first issue of the book, written by the famous author, real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was printed by Macmillan and Co in 1872 and carried an estimate of £200 – £300.
Reaching ten times its estimate, the hardback children’s story book, featuring over 50 illustrations by John Tenniel was described in the sales catalogue as having the original ‘cloth gilt with occasional light spotting to pages, working loose, shaken, extremities rubbed and hinges cracked.’ Lot 34 was preceded in the auction by an edition of Lewis Carroll’s, Alices’ Adventures In Wonderland, estimated price £50 – £80 which sold for £260.
The auction of books, manuscripts, maps and photography produced many unexpected finds, which were sought after by collectors from around the world. Bidding was conducted by commission, on the phone and over the internet in addition to in the Crewkerne salesroom, where numbers were restricted and social distancing requirements in place. A spokesman for Lawrences Auctioneers said: ” We’ve had a very successful book sale where some beautiful antiquarian and historic books were up for auction.”