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The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits.

This is a beautifully produced facsimile of the first edition, published by Macmillan in 1876, of Lewis Carroll's universally beloved nonsense poem. It is a faithful photographic reprint, with its nine original illustrations by Henry Holland. His own woodblocks have been used here for only the second time, and will not be used again. Macmillans have made an inspired choice of book to celebrate their 150th anniversary. It marks not only the enduring popularity of the poem itself but also the lasting prestige of Macmillan's publishing list even at so early a stage of their enterprise, a list which included Thomas Hardy, R. L. Stevenson, Thomas Hughes, Kipling, and W. B. Yeats. Readers will cherish a copy of this limited edition, not least for the clear information on printing processes originally used: also, because Carroll's wit and humour are always fresh and a joy to read.
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Date:Jan 1, 1994
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