London: Macmillan, 1876. Henri Holiday. first. First edition, first impression of Caroll’s dark poem and allegory on the search for happiness.
Lewis Caroll – The hunting of the Snark, with illustrations by Henry Holiday, published by Macmillan, London – 1876
18,2 x 12 cm
In publisher's cream pictorial cloth, joint has a small retouch, all edges gilt.
First edition of The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll’s classic masterpiece of nonsense verse, takes the reader on a wonderfully witty and inventive hunt for the ever-elusive Snark. The tantalizing mysteries of the poem are here perfectly matched in these brilliant new illustrations by artist Mahendra Singh, who has created a visual treasure hunt, full of riddles, puns, and allusions.
When asked what his poem meant, Carroll would always reply that he did not know. But, on one occasion, he did write to friends that perhaps ...the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness. Good. Item #66