Auctions | May 3, 2017

Rare Edition of Carroll's "Alice" Shines in April Auction

Alice.jpgA rare first edition of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" fetched $9,062 at National Book Auctions' April 29, 2017 sale. Published by Macmillan in London in 1866, this highly sought-after volume featured the original fancifully illustrated plates by John Tenniel and was bound in red cloth with gilt debossed images of Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

Other standout books the sale were the twelve-volume "Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln" edited by the President's private secretary John G. Nicolay; a beautifully hand-illuminated Turkish Quran; and a signed first edition of Roald Dahl's short story collection "Someone Like You." Ephemera lots of note included a carefully compiled album of patriotic covers from both sides of the Civil War conflict; an extensive estate archive of personal correspondence dating back to the 1770s; and a selection of World War II propaganda posters.

National Book Auctions' next sale will take place on May 20, 2017 and will include a broad array of collectible and antique volumes and ephemera. Its full-service sister company, Worth Auctions, will hold a sale on May 7, 2017 featuring rare and desirable militaria from the estate of a prominent Civil War collector from Upstate New York plus a sizeable collection of large folio Currier & Ives lithographs and select other material from multiple consignors nationwide. For more information, visit and