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A BOOK OF NONSENSE

A BOOK OF NONSENSE

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A BOOK OF NONSENSE: with many new pictures and verses

by LEAR (Edward)

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LEAR (Edward)

A BOOK OF NONSENSE with many new pictures and verses

London: Routledge, Warne and Routledge, [1862].

Oblong 8vo., [ii] 112 ff. (the final leaf unpaginated); printed pictorial boards (a bit worn and scuffed), red cloth spine rebacked following the original format.

Third Edition, but in actuality the FIRST ENLARGED PRINTING

First appearance of Edward Lear's unique woodcut illustrations, most of which are based on his earlier lithographs from 1846

Edward Lear was an English writer and artist. The youngest child in a large family, he received little formal education, and was looked after by his eldest sister until he found success as an illustrator, publishing a folio of parrot lithographs. He later honed his untrained style at the Royal Academy and became a popular landscape painter. Lear was a constant traveller, chiefly in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, and published numerous travel books, usually generously illustrated. He is certainly best known for his nonsense verse and limericks, starting with A Book of Nonsense in 1846, which was based on poems and stories he invented for the Earl of Derby's grandchildren, and which has never been out of print.
Three of the original limericks from the privately printed lithographed versions are here suppressed (Compton, Kildare and New York) and never again republished in the author's lifetime; however 43 new nonsense poems are included with the remaining 70 others totaling 113 designs, the final page unnumbered. It is this format and collection that continued to reprint into the start of the 20th century.

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Bookseller
BATTLEDORE LTD US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
BB063
Title
A BOOK OF NONSENSE
Author
LEAR (Edward)
Illustrator
First appearance of Edward Lear's unique woodcut illustrations, most of which are based on his earlier lithographs from 1846 and
Format/Binding
Printed pictorial boards (a bit worn and scuffed), red cloth spine rebacked following the original format
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
Third Edition, but in actuality the FIRST ENLARGED PRINTING
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Routledge, Warne and Routledge
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
[1862]
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
limericks, nonsense, edward lear, Uncle Arly,
Bookseller catalogs
children's books;
Size
Oblong 8vo, [ii] 112ff (the final leaf unpaginated)
Vbf_category
10108

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Founded in 1988, Battledore has been promoting children's books and related references/bibliographies through catalogues, by direct mail, online internet sales and special exhibitions, including the annual ABAA Antiquarian Rare Books Fair in New York City (Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street). Since 2002 we have maintained a "by appointment" store front gallery in Kingston NY that is fully operational. For scheduling a visit to discuss collection development, please email us at battledore@mail.com. The President of Battledore Ltd has represented Maurice Sendak as liaison for private collectors and institutions worldwide from 1970 thru 2003 and continues to maintain a fine inventory of his original artwork along with curated selections of original illustration art for children's books by other well-recognized artists and illustrators.

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