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Edward Lear

Author, Illustrator

(1812 - 1888)

Edward Lear

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet. He is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form he popularised.

His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold:

  1. As a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals;
  2. Making colored drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; and
  3. As a (minor) illustrator of Alfred Tennyson’s poems.

As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense works, which use real and invented English words.



Bibliography

ABC: Penned & Illustrated by Edward Lear, Himself (1965)

Another previously unpublished alphabet.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 3 (1957)

A collection of stories, verses and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Marguerite de Angeli
Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Barbara Cooney
Paul Galdone
Leonard Weisgard

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A Book of Bosh (1975)

An anthology of lyrics and prose.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1846)

This first edition was published in two volumes. Each includes thirty-six limericks printed on the rectos only. Save for the volume indication, the covers are the same.

Author(s): Derry Down Derry
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1855)

This second edition was published in one volume. The illustrations were redrawn on the lithographic stones, and the limericks are now lettered in the now-familiar five-line style.

Author(s): Derry Down Derry
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1861)

Enlarged one-volume third edition contains forty-three new limericks, but three have been dropped from the earlier editions. The plates have been engraved on wood and the text is letterpress.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1866)

This enlarged one-volume seventeenth edition contains forty-three new limericks, but three have been dropped from the earlier editions. The plates have been engraved on wood and the text is letterpress. This edition was hand colored.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1870)

This is the first quarto edition, with colored illustrations printed by wood blocks. There is a typo on this cover as there are only 113 illustrations. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1980)

This is a facsimile of the first edition to be printed in color.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Book of Nonsense (1982)

A facsimile from the Osborne collection with colored plates.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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Bosh and Nonsense (1982)

Two hitherto unpublished notebooks of limericks drawn for eleven year old Ada Duncan in 1864-1865.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse (2002)

This edition of the verse and nonsense drops the annotations, but was compiled by Lear’s biographer.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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The Complete Nonsense Book (1912)

A complete compilation of Lear’s nonsense up to the time of publication. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (1951)

An omnibus including five books: A Book of Nonsense, Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, &c., and Laughable Lyrics and Nonsense Songs and Stories.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense (2001)

This is a scholarly edition of the verse and nonsense annotated by Lear’s biographer.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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A Drawing Book Alphabet (1954)

One of Lear’s previously unpublished comic alphabets.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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The Duck and the Kangaroo (1956)

This is a facsimile of an autograph in the Harvard Library Lear collection.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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