Lot 74 of 253:
Manuscript Limericks & Drawings in manner of Lear  

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$3,000 - $5,000

Title:
Manuscript notebook with 39 ink and watercolor drawings in illustration of 39 manuscript limericks, in the style of Edward Lear
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Date:
19th century
Description:

39 leaves with original ink and watercolor drawings, each illustrating an ink manuscript limerick on the verso of the facing preceding leaf; a few additional drawings follow without verses. 17.5x13.5 cm (7x5½"), half leather & cloth.

A curious notebook with handwriting and watercolor drawings which are reminiscent of those of Edward Lear, likely done by an artistically-minded amateur limericist who admired the creations of Lear. Among the verses: "There was a young spendthrift of Kent/ Whose fortune was rapidly spent;/ So he set up a shop,/ And sold ginger pop,/ This ruined young spendthrift of Kent." "There was a young scholar of Devon/ Who could not count up to eleven;/ He would almost believe,/ Two and two would make five,/ This ignorant scholar of Devon." Plus 37 others. A few of the drawings are on paper mounted to the leaves; none are signed. A charming representation of Victorian limericks. Laid in is an old ink note: "Verses & Drawings by Edward Lear, English Artist and Humorist, 1812-1888."

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Condition:
Covers worn, front detached then reattached when the spine was repaired with black electrical tape (!); some aging within, internally very good.
 
Item number:
283348
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