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With the holiday season at our doorstep, it’s time to come up with some good gift ideas. If you know someone who loves classic literature such as “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, or Ian Flemings’ countless Bond novels this news is for you. Profiles in History, one of the leading auctioneers of Hollywood memorabilia have managed to get their hands on a few sacred items including a rare copy of  Alice’s “Through the Looking Glass.”

Find out more below…

All of the literary material up for auction comes from the collection of Pat McInally, who’s been collecting children’s and young adult literature for over twenty years. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to acquire only the finest copies available, and is determined to only have the most important titles by each author, only in census condition, title by title.

Here are some of the items up for grabs:

  • The “real” Alice’s* copy of “Through the Looking Glass,” and “What Alice Found There” ($100,000-$150,000)
  • Beatrix Potter’s own copy of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, specially bound with a personal inscription ($80,000-$120,000)
  • First Edition, first state of the text copy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” ($40,000-$60,000),
  • First Edition of “Goldfinger,” inscribed by Ian Fleming to William Plomer, the book’s dedicatee ($60,000-$80,000)
  • First Edition, First Issue Presentation copy of “Through the Looking-Glass”, and “What Alice Found There”, accompanied by two original pencil drawings of Alice and Humpty Dumpty by illustrator John Tenniel ($40,000-$60,000)
  • First Edition copies of “For Your Eyes Only” ($20,000-$30,000)
  • “Thunderball” ($15,000-$18,000)
  • “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” ($8,000-$12,000)
  • Deluxe Edition copies of the first four Harry Potter books, all inscribed by J. K. Rowling ($6,000-$8,000)

You can find more auctioning info at iCollector and LiveAuctioneers where bidding begins December 16th at 12:00 PM (noon) Pacific Time and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone or fax.

Out of all these special edition items “Through the Looking Glass” seems like the greatest find, because it was ten year old Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll to write “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in the first place.

Are you interested in owning a piece of literary history?