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Edward Ler's Nonsense Songs 1871  

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Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Lear, Edward


Robert John Bush



Half-title. Illustrated throughout with wood-engravings by Edward Lear. (4to) 20.1x17 cm (8x6¾"), rebound in brown half-morocco with marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spine with raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. First Edition.

"Although Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets is dated 1871, it was in the shops in time for Christmas 1870. The publisher, R.J. Bush of 32 Charing Cross Road also published More Nonsense and Laughable Lyrics. It went into five editions, but some time after the fifth edition Bush became bankrupt" (Noakes). Includes nonsense songs, nonsense stories, nonsense cookery, nonsense botany and three nonsense alphabets. Noakes, Edward Lear 1812-1888, 82a; Osgood Field 157. Previous owner's embossment on front flyleaf.

Lot Amendments

Light rubbing at spine ends and joints; leaves brittle with some repairs, leaves toned with a few occasional stains; very good.

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