Author: Carroll, Lewis (PSEUD Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-1898]
A Tangled Tale
Publisher: MacMillan and Co
152 pages with frontispiece and five other illustrations by Arthur B Frost. Small octavo (7 1/4" x 5") bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decoration to front cover with ruled gilt edges and gilt page ends. First edition.
A Tangled Tale is a collection of ten brief humorous stories by Lewis Carroll published serially between April 1880 and March 1885 in The Monthly Packet magazine. Arthur B. Frost added illustrations when the series was printed in book form. The stories, or Knots as Carroll calls them, present mathematical problems. In a later issue, Carroll gives the solution to a Knot and discusses readers' answers. The mathematical interpretations of the Knots are not always straightforward. The ribbing of readers answering wrongly - giving their names - was not always well received.
Cover soiled, spine age darkened, corners bumped else a good to very good copy.