Autograph postcard signed.
Eastbourne: Aug. 20, 1890. Postcard, 3 x 4 3/4 ins. Written in purple ink. Small strip of adhesive tape at top edge from prior attachment to an album. In very good condition. An intriguing postcard from Lewis Carroll to the booksellers Meehan in Bath from whom Carroll is known to have ordered books. Written from 7 Lushington Road, Eastbourne, Carroll writes: Mr. C.L. Dodgson has rfeceived Messrs. Meehans catalogue No. 28 and would like to have, if in clean condition, 218 Childs Book. Bertha. 1881 4/6 to be sent to the above address. Recorded by Edward Wakeling who noted that Carroll is known to have ordered books from Meehans and that the book in question might be Bertha Marchmont, or, All is not gold that glitter: a tale for the young by Mrs. George Cupples (Anne Jane Cupples), Nelson, 1879. The book was probably a reprint if the date is 1881. There is a first edition in the British Library. Another possibility is Little Berthas Secret by M. Gilpin, London, Milner and Co., [1881?]. In any case it seems so appropriate to have Lewis Carroll ordering childrens books to read on holiday by the seaside just a few miles from Brighton. A short walk from the sea and close to the train station, the house is now a dental surgery. Carroll spent 19 summer holidays in Eastbourne from 1877 on. Why he ordered books from faraway Bath and not nearby Brighton is a mystery.
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