London: Macmillan & Co. 1886. FIRST EDITION. With half-title, publisher's advertisements and numerous text diagrams. Complete with printed envelope containing the card diagram and all of the 9 counters. Original red cloth, gilt lettering; an especially clean copy preserved in a red morocco-backed cloth case with a small book-label on the front paste-down. Item #13264
First edition, with both the title page and the envelope dated 1886. According to Williams, no more than fifty copies were printed: "This is a very rare Carroll item, and was unknown to me until quite recently . . . I have very great doubts as to whether this issue was ever really published, and strongly suspect that it was struck off for proof purposes. . . ." A delightful game on logic by Carroll (1832-98), author and mathematician. The game combines various forms of syllogization derived from his interest in mathematics along with his whimsical literary interest in nonsense.