Feeling Snarky?


Carroll, Lewis. The Hunting of the Snark: an Agony in Eight Fits. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood & Co., 1876. Catalog Record | Enlarge Image | Adopt a Book Home

Best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Lewis Carroll – the pen-name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford – also published this fantastical epic tale recounting the adventures of a bizarre troupe of nine tradesmen and a beaver. First published in London in 1876, this first American edition was reproduced that same year by photo-lithography in a smaller format by James R. Osgood in Boston.The paper covered boards on this copy, while not the best condition, do immediately attract attention, as do the nine illustrations inside all of which were done by Henry Holiday. A tenth illustration depicting a Snark was rejected by Carroll – he wanted the creature to remain unimaginable.

Adopted by Walter and Julia Barnard



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