Reading Through the Looking Glass for the first time is like reading it for the fiftieth time, it is indelibly associated with memories of one's own childhood whether one has read it once, or often, or never. We have no farther to look than within its immortal contents to meet, among others, the Jabberwocky poem, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight, the Walrus and the Carpenter. For the design of our edition, we are exceedingly obliged to Frederic Warde. Warde managed to acquire fine prints of the original wood blocks from which John Tenniel's illustrations were cut for the initial publication of Looking Glass; he had these photographed onto heavy zinc; then he proceeded to tool all of the lines in the metal himself. From such hand-tooled zinc blocks, the reproduction of John Tenniel's illustrations became perfect: every dot, every line, which came from the illustrator's pen are found in the printed sheets of our edition.The printing of our edition was undertaken by The Printing House of William Edwin Rudge. Warde selected a version of the type known as Caslon, and it was set upon the monotype machine. There are wide leads between the lines, and wide and pleasant margins around the blocks of type on the page. Such a type page is recognizable as being simple and chaste; it has no mannerisms, it has manners, and can be viewed with pleasure year after year. Warde made a series of intricate specifications to the The Hurlbut Paper Company of South Lee, Massachusetts. The surface of the paper is smooth, and has an antique and mellow color. On the blue leather binding, Mr. Warde took about a dozen so-called printers' flowers, and made a lovely pattern from them. The pattern was stamped over the covers of the book in real gold, as is the design on the spine, where we will find portraits of Alice and the White Knight. Through the Looking Glass concludes with a poem beginning A boat beneath a sunny sky. " If one arranges the opening initials of the lines of the poem in sequence, we discover that they spell, "Alice Pleasance Liddell, the real name of the child for whom the book was written! This is copy number 374 of 1500, and it is not signed.
Included in the offer is the (1935) Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter. There is no limit to the audience for which this offer will have appeal: any LEC collector needs to include it in his/her library, as does anyone who collects copies in the nicest condition of classics of children's literature. And what a marvelous gift this would be to a special, deserving recipient, a gift that never stops giving! Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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