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MS Typ 55.1

Lear, Edward, 1812-1888. Edward Lear drawings for More Nonsense and other drawings, 1870: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Typ 55.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Title: Edward Lear drawings for More Nonsense and other drawings,
Date(s): 1870.
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-214. ; 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

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 More Nonsense and Other Drawings, 1870 (MS Typ 55.1). 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.


Mostly published in More Nonsense, Robert John Bush, London, 1872; see: W. B. O. Field, Edward Lear on my Shelves (1933), pages 264-268 for details.


Bound into a volume and organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

108 original pen and ink drawings with autograph manuscript limerick text by Edward Lear. Also includes two woodcut proofs. Many have autograph manuscript additions by Philip Hofer. The images are mounted on leaves (20 x 28 cm.), on the rectos only; with a title page and part-title pages. Title on manuscript title leaf bound at front of volume is: Eighty-two Original Drawings for "More Nonsense" : and Part of a "Nonsense" Alphabet : also Ten unpublished "Nonsense" Drawings.
Volume (21 x 30 cm.) bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. In a tray case (22 cm.).

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