London: MacMillan and Co., 1872. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Octavo.  224 pp. Lavish illustrated green morocco boards, with gilt ruling on the front covers and spine. Gilt lettering on the spine. All edges in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated frontispiece w/tissue guard.
This is a first edition, first printing of Lewis Caroll's acclaimed sequel to Alice in Wonderland. This classic and seminal work of fantasy is illustrated throughout with the original b/w illustrations of John Tenniel, whose images have since become the definitive depictions of many of the classic scenes and characters. The book includes the print error of "wade" instead of "wabe" as part of the Jabberwocky poem on p.21, which identifies this as first state. Also included is the page of publisher's advertisement, listing other works by the author, at the rear.
The the signed decorative binding from acclaimed bookbinder Alfred de Sauty (1870-1949), includes his name gilt-stamped along the bottom of the interior front cover. The covers feature multicolored illustrations of the characters of the Red King on the front, and the Red Queen on the back, based on the work of illustrator John Tenniel. The faces of both are replicated on the head and tail of the spine, respectively. This masterful binding was produced in London, most probably in the first decade of the 20th century.
Binding with some rubbing along the hinges and minor chipping to the head of the spine. Spine sunned. Light rubbing to corners. Interior with starting at the table of contents at the front. Pages with a few sporadic minor to light water stains and smudges, mostly in the margins with text unaffected. The rear free endpaper has a the residue and a small chipped piece of a period clipping pasted on, with offsetting from the original full clipping present. Book block tight overall. Binding in very good-, interior in very good condition overall. vg- to vg. Item #44202