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Edward Lear was born in London on 12th May 1812 the twelfth child of 21 ! His childhood was unhappy and plagued by ill health, something which would continue through his life. His reputation as an artist was secured by his superb illustrations of parrots, even more remarkable given he was only eighteen years old. His reputation today rests largely on the Nonsense books of course. First editions are extremely collectable today, even early reprints are of value
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Nonsense Books

Title   Date Notes
A Book of Nonsense Maclean 1846 2 volumes, wraps, 175 copies. as Derry Down Derry
As above Maclean 1855 Under own name
Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets Bush 1871  
More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes and Botany Bush 1872 [1874]
Laughable Lyrics .. Bush 1877  
Lear's Book of Nonsense Warner 1875 not dated
The Jumblies .. Warne 1877  
Nonsense Drolleries Warne 1889  
A Nonsense Birthday Book Warne 1894 not dated
Nonsense Songs and Stories Warne 1895  
The Pelican Chorus Warne 1900  
Queery Leary Boon 1911  
Callico Pie Warne 1924 not dated
The Owl and the Pussycat Warne 1924 not dated
The Quangle Wangle's Hat Sharpe 1933 50 copies
The Pobble Sharpe 1934 50 copies
Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs Chatto 1938  
A Book of Lear Penguin 1939 Wraps with DW
Teapots and Quails Murray 1953  

Natural History

Title   Date Notes
Illustrations of the Family Psittacide or Parrots Ackerman 1932 42 hand coloured plates
Gleanings from the Menagerie and Aviary at Knowsley Hall Private 1846  
Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtle Doves from Life Baer 1872  
The Lear Coloured Bird Book for Children Boon 1912 not dated
Edward Lear's Parrots Duckworth 1949  
The Birds of .. Ariel 1971 1,000 copies

Travel Books

Title   Date Notes
Views in Rome and its Environs Maclean 1841 25 plates
Illustrated Excursions in Italy Maclean 1846 30 plates
Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania Bentley 1851  
Journals of a Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria Bentley 1852  
Views in the Seven Southern Ionian Islands Lear 1863  
Journals of a Landscape Painter in Corsica Bush 1870  
Lear in Sicily Duckworth 1938  
..Journals, A Selection Barker 1952  
..Indian Journal Jarrolds 1953  
..in Southern Italy Kimber 1964  
..in Greece Kimber 1965  
..in Corsica Kimber 1966  
..Corfu Corfu 1965  

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