Real Alice's 'Looking Glass' to be sold

Nov. 24, 2009 at 7:39 PM

CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A copy of "Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There" owned by the inspiration for the Alice character is to hit the auction block in California.

Alice Liddell met and inspired Lewis Carroll to write his 19th century children's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" when she was 10.

Her copy of "Through the Looking Glass," the sequel to "Wonderland," is expected to sell for between $100,000-$150,000. It will be sold as part of Profiles in History's Dec. 16 auction of the Pat McInally Collection of Children's Literature, the auction house announced Tuesday.

Also for sale is Beatrix Potter's personal copy of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit;" a first edition, first state of the text copy of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and a first edition copy of "Goldfinger," inscribed by Ian Fleming to his editor, William Plomer, to whom he dedicated the book.

Other volumes to be offered include limited edition copies of "Winnie the Pooh," "The House at Pooh Corner" and "Now We are Six," all inscribed by author A.A. Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard; a first edition, presentation copy of "The Time Machine: An Invention," inscribed by author H.G. Wells; and a first edition copy of "Stuart Little," inscribed by author E.B. White.

Bidding can be placed in person, via mail, phone or fax. In addition, Internet bidding is offered at iCollector and LiveAuctioneers, Profiles in History said.

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