Edward Lear and His World by John Lehmann hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Thames & Hudson, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Plates;
From the cover: Edward Lear (1812-1888) was not only a pioneer writer of nonsense rhymes, limericks and songs, author of The Owl and the Pussy-cat and The Dong with a luminous Nose, so widely known and treasured by old and young alike. He was a many-sided genius, draughtsman, illustrator and water-colourist as well as nonsense-writer; his travel books and voluminous correspondence are among the most delightful of the nineteenth century. One would little suspect from his work and his very active social life that Lear was a melancholy man, emotionally frustrated, of delicate health, suffering from epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma. Lear loved people and became passionately devoted to many of them, and he was greatly loved by everyone who came in contact with him, for his gentleness and delightful playfulness and humour. It was the career of topographical landscape painter that he chose for himself, however, and it took him to Ireland, France, Italy, Albania, Greece, the Near East, India. His travel books, like his drawings, watercolours, lithographs and paintings, are marvellously executed, sharp observations of the minutest details from all the countries he visited, many of which were hardly accessible to the nineteenth-century traveller. The adventurous and pioneering sense which drove Lear compulsively to such remote and wild places is perhaps one reason for the thrilling, crisp intensity and freshness conveyed in his art.
John Lehmann offers in this book, the first general study of Lear for many years, an absorbing account of this extraordinary mans life and work, his restless journeys, his immense industry, his many and devoted friends who included Holman Hunt, Tennyson, Queen Victoria whose drawing master he became and many more of the most interesting personalities in England at that time. Mr Lehmann studies separately Lears achievement as a nonsense-writer who brilliantly illustrated his own verses, his career as painter and draughtsman, and his travel books, so full of fresh observation of people and places and touches of a unique humour.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, more lightly so to the spine of the binding with a little fading to the edge of the boards. Light ubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
128 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 7½”.
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