Philadelphia, PA—Freeman's October 22 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction is an invitation to a world of adventure for armchair travelers, political scholars, and bibliophiles of all creeds. Whether following Alice on her adventures in Wonderland through the pages of an inscribed first edition of Through the Looking Glass, or celebrating the rediscovery of noted statesman Pierre Samuel duPont de Nemours's long-lost manuscript, bold navigators of history and literature will find no trouble "believing at least six impossible things before breakfast."
No figure speaks more directly to the lost world of our childhood than the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Charles Dodgson, the mathematician and precisian, turned himself inside out in the Alice stories to reveal the emotive and alchemical musings of unfettered madness that was Lewis Carroll. Above all, Carroll tethered us to the realm of childhood and the mercurial nature of self and experience, of what is real and possible. Freeman's October 22 sale Books, Maps & Manuscripts includes no less than a dozen variations of the beloved classic Alice in Wonderland—from the first editions to be published in French and German, to a suite from a musical adaptation belonging to, and signed by, members of the Roosevelt family.