Carroll’s letter to Alexander Macmillan

Carroll’s earliest surviving letter to his publisher is about the binding for Alice

Ch. Ch. Oxford
Nov. 11. 1864

Dear Sir,

I have been considering
the question of the colour of
“Alice’s Adventures,” & have come
to the conclusion that bright
red will be the best—not
the best, perhaps, artistically,
but the most attractive to
childish eyes. Can this colour
be managed, with the same
smooth, bright cloth that you
have in green?

Truly yours,

Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)
Letter to Alexander Macmillan, signed and dated Christ Church, Oxford, 11 November 1864
Private Collection.
Photography by Graham S Haber 2014.