Three Sunsets and Other PoemsCARROLL, Lewis
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited. 1898.
First Edition. 8vo. bound in green cloth, gilt, with gilt titles and vignettes to both covers. 68pp. + 2pp. publisher's advertisements for the Works of Lewis Carroll. Illustrated with 12 full page drawings by E. Gertrude Thomson including tissue-protected frontispiece. An excellent, tight copy with no markings to the contents. Some rubbing to head and tail of the spine. Protected by a clear acetate wrapper.
Three Sunsets and other poems was Carroll’s last published work. He died on January 1898, having written the preface to this collection. It was published in the February and, immediately, that same month, reprinted. This is a very good copy of that reprint. The volume contains fifteen poems most of which were originally published in other collections, notably Phantasmagoria and other poems .There are however, two new poems which were published for the first time in this volume.
The twelve illustrations, described as “Fairy-Fancies” are by E. Gertrude Thompson. She studied at the Manchester School of Art and became a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters. She painted portraits, illustrated books and designed stained-glass windows. Carroll’s first encounter with her work was some greetings cards illustrated by her in 1878. She initially illustrated one of Carroll’s puzzle books and was then asked to produce drawings for Three Sunsets and other poems. These illustrations are charming and simple, demonstrating a beautifully clear line and in places, a quirky Carrollian sense of humour.