Author: Carroll, Lewis (PSEUD Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-1898]
Sylvie and Bruno, and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (set)
Publisher: MacMillan and Company
Place: London and New York
2 volumes. xxiv+400+[4 ad] pages with frontispiece and forty-six illustrations by Harry Furniss; xxxii+423+[2 blank]+[5 ad] pages with frontispiece and forty-six illustrations by Harry Furniss. Small octavos (7 1/4" x 5") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial picture of Sylvie to cover of volume one in gilt circle and ruled gilt edges. Spine ends in gilt. Sylvie and Bruno Concluded in original jacket and original advertisement for the book laid-in. First editions in custom quarter leather slipcase.
Sylvie and Bruno, first published in 1889, and its second volume Sylvie and Bruno Concluded published in 1893, form the last novel by Lewis Carroll published during his lifetime. Both volumes were illustrated by Harry Furniss. The novel has two main plots: one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairy tale with many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll's Alice books, the story set in Victorian Britain is a social novel, with its characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, society, philosophy and morality. Two short pieces, "Fairy Sylvie" and "Bruno's Revenge", originally appeared in Aunt Judy's Magazine in 1867. Some years later, in 1873 or 1874, Carroll had the idea to use these as the core for a longer story. Much of the rest of the novel he compiled from notes of ideas and dialogue which he had collected over the years (and which he called "litterature" in the introduction to the first volume). Carroll initially intended for the novel to be published in one volume. However, due to its length, it was divided into two volumes, published in 1889 and 1893. The novel is not nearly as well known as the Alice books. It was very poorly received and did not have many reprintings; modern commentators note that it lacks much of Carroll's characteristic humor. The poem The Mad Gardener's Song, widely reprinted elsewhere, is the best-known part of the book.
Corners bumped and small stain to front cover, book plate to front paste-down to Sylvia and Bruno. Sylvia and Bruno Concluded corners gently bumped, small sunning spot to spine and jacket professionally repair, spine toned. Slip case raised spines rubbed, some scuffing to leather else a better than very good set in like jacket and slipcase.