The Philosopher's Alice
Peter Heath's guide to the Lewis Carroll's Alice books
First US edition, first printing, oblong hardback in dustwrapper. 17 × 24cm. 247pp.
From the dustwrapper, "How did an innocent tale for children become an underground adult classic? Peter Heath lets the Cheshire Cat out of the bag in The Philosopher's Alice, his guide to Lewis Carroll's Alice books. In doing so, he proves that, beneath the exterior of nonsense and absurdity, the works' central concern is with the bounds of sense and the limitations of reason. This book contains the full text of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, together with the original illustrations by John Tenniel. Heath's commentary guides the reader on a fascinating walk through the thickets of philosophical blunders, logical fallacies, conceptual confusions and linguistic breakdowns that decorate the landscape of Alice's world. With this book Heath offers unexpected and delightful insights into the many philosophies not propounded until decades after Carroll had written about Alice".
The book itself is in very good condition but with some minor pencil marginalia to the introduction (this copy belonged to Professor Morton Cohen, the Lewis Carroll scholar but is unsigned). The dustwrapper is a little creased and torn to the top edge and corners but is now within a protective sleeve.