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The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)

From the library of Professor Morton N Cohen. Six volumes plus index.

Author

Lewis Carroll

Publisher

Unpublished, n.d.
The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)

Printing Details

Six volumes + index volume, bound in burgundy buckram with simple gilt titling to spine. The volumes consist of copies of the original and printed one side only. Each volume measures approximately 20 × 27cm.

Not signed as such but this set belonged to and comes from the London library of pre-eminent Lewis Carroll scholar Professor Morton N Cohen and his ownership stamp is to the ffep of each volume, as well as occasional marginal annotation and bookmark.

A remarkable resource for Lewis Carroll scholars and collectors, this set presents a copy of all that survives of C H Dodgson's Private Journal in which he records his meetings, writings and daily life. The Lewis Carroll Society has written a brief history of the journals and the missing volumes, which states "Lewis Carroll kept a diary throughout his adult life, and although not every day is recorded, he maintained a detailed chronicle of his activities, often summarising short periods of days, or even elapsed months. Nine volumes of his diaries have survived, covering the period 1 January 1855 to 23 December 1897. The first of these is numbered volume 2 and the last is numbered volume 13. Volumes 1, 3, 6 and 7 are missing." They go on to say "Following Carroll's death in 1898, the manuscript diaries were kept by members of the Dodgson family, and were transferred to various senior members of the C.L. Dodgson Estate for safe keeping, until they were purchased by the British Library in 1969."

One example reads "May 16 [1865] (Friday), Recieved from Macmillan a copy (blank all but the first sheet) of "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" bound in red cloth as a specimen".

Volume 1 contains January 1855 to April 1858, volume 2 is May 1862 to August 1864, Volume 3 is Sept 1864 to January 1868, volume 4 is April 1868 to September 1880, volume 4A is July 1883 to June 1892 (this volume is printed two entries to a side, up to 186 is on the outer edge of the page, and the up to 1892 is next to it and running the other way so the book must be flipped) and finally volume 5 is July 1892 to a few weeks before Lewis Carroll's in early 1898. This is complemented by an alphabetical index volume compiled by R E Thompson and runs to 202pp.

Condition

This set is in good condition but was heavily used by Professor Cohen, with quite heavy shelfwear and rubbing to the corners. The inner bindings are secure but some are printed on india paper and have been lightly creased. There is some finger marking to the page edges and as mentioned Prof Cohen has made a few marginal annotations. Overall, a collectible set with an important provenance.

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The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile copy)

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