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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for all snarkophiles., 8 April 2008
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This review is from: The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (Hardcover)
This is a really beautiful edition of The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense poem.

Since I love the poem, and would give just about ANY edition of it 5 stars, for the purposes of this review I'm going to ignore the poem itself and focus on this particular edition - which is a very nice book indeed.

It's a hardback, and the right size to sit nicely alongside Gardner's ANNOTATED ALICE. Together, they make a perfect set.

Inside, it's beautifully printed (Black ink, with red used for the copious footnotes and in a few other places for decorative purposes.)

At the risk of sounding like one of those too, too 'sincere' guys on a TV shopping channel, let me say that not only do you get the full text of the poem; not only do you get beautiful reproductions of Henry Holiday's original illustrations (including the one that wasn't used); You also get an introduction by Adam Gopnik, and a series of prefaces by Martin Gardner himself.

But wait! There's more!

There's also a set of reproductions of the front and back of the original first edition. There are a few short pieces by Henry Holiday, discussing his illustrations and his working relationship with Carroll. There's a spoof 'commentary' on the poem by 'Snarkophilus Snobbs'.

And wait! There's more! There's an additional chapter (not so much a sequel as an in-betweenquel) by J A Lindon, providing a 'clue' that just maybe the Baker *wasn't* trying to say 'Boojum' when he met with his unfortunate vanishing.

There's even a copy of the 'Easter Greeting' that Carroll inserted into each copy of the book.

And yes, even more. Bibliographies, notes of musical versions of the poem, and even more that I can't recall just at present.

I love The Hunting so much that I have various editions of it (Including a highly prized first edition). Every few years I have to replace my totally worn out paperback 'working' copy. Now, finally, it's wonderful to have such a lavish (and more durable) hardback edition.

Nothing is perfect - I'm sure this edition must have its flaws, but for the life of me I can't think of any.

Very highly recommended.
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