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MS Eng 718-718.16

Amory, Harcourt, 1855-1925, collector. Harcourt Amory collection of Lewis Carroll: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 718-718.16
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Harcourt Amory collection of Lewis Carroll,
Date(s): 1843-1915.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (3 volumes and 6 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection material is in English.
Abstract: Materials collected by Harcourt Amory (H.C. 1876) relating to English mathematician, photographer, novelist, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, whose pen name was Lewis Carroll. Includes Carroll's correspondence and drawings, drawings for Alice's adventures in wonderland and Through the looking-glass by Sir John Tenniel, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession. numbers. Gift of Mrs. Harcourt Amory of Boston; received: 1927 Jan. 14.
*42M-187. MS Eng 718.1; Gift of Mrs. Harcourt Amory of Boston; received: 1927 Jan. 14.
*42M-1846. bMS Eng 718.10 (21); Bequest of Samuel Henshaw; received: 1943 June.
*46M-10. bMS Eng 718.10 (22); Gift of Mrs. Flora V. Liningston, Widener Library, Harvard University; received: 1946 July 26.
*47M-46. bMS Eng 718.10 (20); Deposited by Edward Hyde Cox, Esq., Crow Island, Manchester, Mass.; received: 1947 Nov. 15.; gift 1948 June.

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Biographical / Historical

Lewis Carroll was a pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English logician, mathematician, photographer, and novelist. He is especially remembered for Alice's adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel, Through the looking-glass (1871).
Sir John Tenniel was an English illustrator and satirical artist especially known for his work in Punch and his illustrations for the Lewis Carroll Alice books.
Arthur Burdett Frost was an American illustrator famous for his drawings of Uncle Remus, Brer Rabbit and others, as well as his illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Rhyme? and reason? and A tangled tale.
Sidney Lawton Smith was a well-known bookplate designer and engraver based in Boston.
Harry Furniss (1854-1925) was an English illustrator and caricaturist who was a regular contributor to Punch, the Illustrated London News and other magazines. He also illustrated a range of books including those by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and William Makepeace Thackeray.


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Scope and Contents

Contains manuscripts of Dodgson's prose and poetry with his illustrations including: drawings in pencil and pen and ink, including his designs of Humpty Dumpty and Tweedledum for Tenniel, and a sketchbook with drawings of girls. Includes letters by Dodgson on both personal and professional matters, including letters, 1844-1852, that he wrote to his sisters from school.
Also includes: Tenniel's studies for his illustrations to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass; drawings by others to illustrate Dodgson's work; portrait photographs of Dodgson and others, some taken by Dodgson; and notes, lists, and correspondence about Dodgson by Harcourt Amory.


For further description (and some images) of these materials, other materials from the Amory collection, and on Amory's collecting, see: Livingston, Flora V. The Harcourt Amory collection of Lewis Carroll in the Harvard College Library. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1932. Tenniel, John, Sir. Tenniel's Alice - drawings by Sir John Tenniel for Alice's adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking-glass. Cambridge: Dept. of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harvard College Library, 1978. Williams, Sidney Herbert and Falconer Madan. The Lewis Carroll handbook - Revised edition by Denis Crutch. Folkestone, England: Dawson, 1979.
The Houghton printed book collection also housed some original drawings relating to the Carroll books that are inserted into printed books by Carroll that were collected by Amory and others. See the HOLLIS database for further information.

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