Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was born in
For the next 50 years, Lear would travel all over the world exploring; supporting himself through his drawings, watercolors, and writings. His travels included forays in
Egypt, India and Ceylon
(modern-day Sri Lanka).
While traveling he produced numerous colored wash drawings that he would later
build up with watercolor and oil. To share his experiences, Lear kept detailed
journals documenting his day–to-day experiences and sketched the local
topography. He later annotated his journals, letters, and sketches often
purposely misspelling words and adding nonsensical phrases for publication.
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The Project Gutenberg eBook, A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear
Arader Galleries is please to present a rare first edition of Lear’s Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidea, or Parrots. This publication marked the transition from engraving to lithography in natural history works. This work contains 42 lithographs with original hand-painted color. A run of only 175 books were produced, of which only 100 survive today. The quality of this work established Lear’s reputation as one of the best natural history artists of his time.
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots
Book Condition: Near Fine
Folio (21 x 14 inches)
Letterpress title-page, dedication leaf, list of subscribers, list of plates,
42 fine hand-colored lithographic plates by and after Lear.
Fine modern half diced calf marbled boards antique,
Please contact Arader Galleries for further details.