STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 40

Great Britain, 1890, Alice in Wonderland postage-stamp case, invented by Lewis Carroll; a colorful, illustrated bi-fold case, approximately 3" x 4" when folded, that provides slots for various denominations of stamps and fits into a matching slipcase. The Stamp Case and its slipcase feature scenes from Carroll's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Carroll had it made to accompany his essay, "Eight or Nine Words About Letter-Writing", a similarly sized 40-page booklet, that is included with the case. Also included is the original envelope in which the case and booklet were sold. The envelope has some edge wear and a bit of damp staining but the stamp case, its slipcase and the booklet are all pristine. A marvelous collateral item for any stamp collector.

In his essay, Carroll writes that the case is "not intended to be carried about in your pocket", but to "haunt your envelope-case, or wherever you keep your writing-materials". He goes on to say that the reason he invented it "was the constantly wanting Stamps of other values, for foreign Letters, Parcel Posts, &c., and finding it very bothersome to get at the kind I wanted in a hurry.".

Price: $500; £392; €425; 5,000 SEK; HK$3,900.

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