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MS Typ 55

Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense, 1861: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Typ 55
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Title: Edward Lear drawings for A book of nonsense,
Date(s): 1861.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original pen and ink drawings by Edward Lear, the English artist, illustrator, author and poet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Processing Information:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Lear Drawings for A Book of Nonsense, 1861 (MS Typ 55). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.


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


Arranged as bound in volume.

Scope and Contents

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).

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