Edward Lear diaries
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Conditions Governing Access
Extent3.2 linear feet (30 volumes)
Each diary also includes personal financial accounts arranged by month in the back of the volume. Some volumes include Lear's registers of correspondence (1858-1861, 1873-1888), and lists of his paintings (1864-1885), sometimes annotated with purchaser and price. Occasionally, diary entries are illustrated with Lear's pen and ink drawings, or with seating diagrams for dinner parties Lear attended. Several volumes include pay receipts signed by Lear's servant Giorgio Kokali.
The diaries are all written into blank volumes published yearly by Charles Letts & Co., which include printed advertisements, calendar dates, information on British customs, tariffs, bank rates, etc. Lear often annotated the printed almanac pages with his travel itineraries.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
- Discussed in William B. Osgood Field, Edward Lear on my shelves (New York: privately printed, 1933), 227-236.
- Portions of the diaries are transcribed and published on Edward Lear's Diaries, http://www.nonsenselit.org/diaries/
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear diaries, 1858-1888: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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