The “Wonderland” Postage-Stamp-Case [with] Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, pseud. Lewis Carroll.

The “Wonderland” Postage-Stamp-Case [with] Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing.

1893. Oxford: Emberlin & Son, n.d. (after 1893).

Card stamp case (74 x 97 mm), outer faces color-illustrated, inner faces with with stitched pockets printed with stamp denominations, inserted in an illustrated cloth-lined sleeve [with] 16mo, 38 pp. stitched booklet with a printed upper wrapper. Light edgewear to sleeve, upper wrapper of booklet detached, lacking final leaf of ads. Outer envelope not present. Very good with losses.

§ Later undated reprinting with publisher's ads listing Sylvie & Bruno Concluded published in 1893 on p.38 of the booklet and the publisher's imprint appearing above the Cheshire Cat on the verso of the sleeve. Designed by Carroll, the stamp case is a fragile but lovely example of both his creativity and his flair for marketing the Alice books. The stamp case sleeve is color printed with Tenniel's illustrations of Alice holding the baby and the Cheshire Cat; when removed from the sleeve the stamp case reveals "transformed" versions of the illustrations: now Alice is holding a pig and the cat has faded to little more than his smile. Parrish, p. 39. Not in Osborne. Item #110517

Price: $150.00