This we wrote ourselves about the year 1845..."" or when Lewis Carroll was 13 and starting the first of the ""domestic magazines in this family"" and its view of things to come should hold a definite fascination for old Carrollians. The poetry has its morals; the illustrations are boyishly active and ugly; the vocabulary is impressive; the rhythms and rhymes, in spite of some problems, are fairly dexterous; the humor is schoolboy -- of advanced standing. For the Alice addicts these 16 poems will show the promise of future writings and the path the boy's personality and career was to take. The Introduction by Derek Hudson is enlightening and affectionate. No doubt about the market here. But very specialized.