The Complete American Owl and Pussy-cat

When, about two years ago, I posted about the illustrations to three of Edward Lear’s poems first published in Our Young Folks, I had to omit one of the illustrations for “The Owl and the Pussy-cat” for the simple reason that my collection of the magazine is missing the February 1870 issue in which it was published. The image I used came from a Justin G. Schiller catalogue. Now, thanks to Google Books scanning the relavant issues, I can present both illustrations to the first edition of Lear’s Most famour poem; the second, missing one, show the lovers dancing “by the light of the moon.”

From Our Young Folks, February 1870, p. 111

From Our Young Folks, February 1870, p. 112

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