CARROLL, Lewis (author). Henry HOLIDAY (illustrator). The Hunting of the Snark. London; Macmillan And Co. 1876.
8vo. Original buff pictorial cloth elaborately blocked in black to both boards, all edges gilt, matt black endpapers; pp. [xvi] + [i], 4-83 + [ii] + [i] advert.; illustrated with 9 full-page engravings by Henry Holiday; an attractive copy with overall light dust-soiling and minor and pale pinkish smudge to lower joint, and a little of the oft-seen bubbling to cloth at upper joint, internally very clean and sound with very fresh hinges and endpapers at front and black, the original nineteenth-century bookseller's label of Harrison, Bookseller to the Queen, 59 Pall Mall, to front pastedown, the inevitable offset-toning to title-page and frontispiece (from the frontispiece tissue) but otherwise clean and fresh, with all tissues present.
First edition of Carroll's celebrated nonsense poem. The cantos, or "Fits" describe the surreal sea voyage of the Bellman and his crew: the Boots, the Broker, the Billiard-Marker, the Banker, the Beaver, the Baker, and the Butcher in their attempt to discover the Snark.