COLLECTIONS and CRITIQUES
Amory Collection Contains Several Valuable Volumes
The exhibit in the widener Memorial Room for the following week will consist of the famous Amory collection of Lewis Carroll manuscripts.
This is an opportune time for such an exhibition with all bibliophile stirred up with the recent sale of the manuscript of "Alice's Adventures Underground" by Doctor Rosenbach for $150,000. There is a very excellent facsimile of the manuscript for which this astounding price was paid on exhibition in the Memorial Room.
Probably the most valuable books in this display, however, are the manuscripts of "The Rectory umbrella", and the "Mischmasch". The former is a little book done by Lewis Carroll while at Eton, charmingly written and illustrated, and of double interest because most of it has never been published. The "Mischmasch" was written by Carroll while at Oxford, and contains the first verse of his poem the "jabberwocky" which was not published until 25 years later. There is a translation of the words in the first verse showing how they were formed. As this has never been published, and explains one of the author's most famous poems, its value cannot be over estimated.
Another window contains the original drawings of Tenniel to illustrate "Alice in Wonderland. Among familiar faces may be seen "Father William", the "Mad Hatter," and the "Rabbit" as they first made their bows to the world.
Lewis Carroll's personal copy of the first edition of "Alice in Wonderland" is also of interest.