Lewis Carroll autographed letter valued at $7,000

An autographed letter by Lewis Carroll on the perils of fame is to auction at Bonhams.

It will feature in a sale on March 19 with a £3,000-4,000 ($5,000-6,673) estimate.

The missive is penned under his birth name, Charles Dodgson, and was written to a friend in 1891. Carroll is best known as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).

Lewis Carroll letter Bonhams
Carroll wrote the letter to a friend in 1891

He expresses his dislike of his letters being included in autograph books: "All that sort of publicity leads to strangers hearing of my real name in connection with the books, and to my being pointed out to, and stared at by, strangers, and treated as a 'lion'.

"And I hate all that so intensely that sometimes I almost wish I had never written any books at all".

This distaste for signing autographs has resulted in his signature becoming highly sought after among collectors.

We have this autographed list by Arthur Conan-Doyle, a contemporary of Carroll.

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