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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 55

Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense

Overview

Original pen and ink drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.

Dates

  • 1861

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

.2 linear feet (1 volume)

38 additional drawings by Edward Lear, made for the Routledge edition of 1861 of A Book of Nonsense. The drawings include autograph manuscript limerick texts. Each drawing is tipped into a sunken mat. Title on manuscript title leaf bound at front of volume is: Thirty-eight Original drawings for A Book of Nonsense. Additional drawings made for the Routledge Edition.

Volume (21 x 29 cm.) is bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, in a tray case (23 cm).

Biographical / Historical

Edward Lear (1812-1888) is remembered primarily for his nonsense rhymes and limericks, but in his own lifetime he sought recognition as a landscape painter.

Arrangement

Arranged as bound in volume.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-213; Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Westfield House, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1942 July 27.

Bibliography

See: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my shelves (1933), page 259-260 with detailed contents.

Processing Information

Processed by: Hope Mayo, with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt and J. F. Coakley

Title
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense, 1861: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
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Language of description
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EAD ID
hou02426

Repository Details

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