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Pussycat Pussycat

“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?” “I’ve been up to London to visit the Queen.” “Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?” “I frightened a little mouse under her chair” “MEOWW!” First published in London during 1805 in the book Songs … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Visits the Baths of Titus

Edward Lear, ‘Baths of Titus’. Pencil, pen and ink. Inscribed and dated, Feb. 4 (18)40. 3.5×5 inches. These should be the Roman Baths of Titus. Lear mentions what I think are different Baths of Titus near Civita Ducale, which he visited … Continue reading

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There was an Old Man of Whitehaven…

There was an Old Man of Whitehaven, Who danced a quadrille with a raven; But they said, ‘It’s absurd To encourage this bird!’ So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven. From the Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions blog at the Lewis … Continue reading

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Ye Great Meyerbeer

“Ye great Meyerbeer — as seen at Spa in ye summer of 1856.” The label on the back of the picture attributes this to Edward Lear, and actually the drawing style — while a little too “finished” — is not … Continue reading

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A Lecture and an Auction

If you have $15,000-20,000 you do not know how to spend, you might want to buy the FIRST VOLUME only of Edward lear’s original 1846 Book of Nonsense: If you can’t afford it, at least watch this extremely interesting lecture by … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Learns to Ride a Horse

The British Museum’s curator comments for no. 1970,0411 reads: The following text is from the label for the display at the British Museum ‘Watercolours and Drawings by Edward Lear: a Bicentennial Celebration’: In 1842 Lear made a tour of the Abruzzi, … Continue reading

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Cuthbert Bede’s Limericks

BEDE, Cuthbert, pseud. (Edward Bradley) & HOW, William Walsham, Bishop of Wakefield. (A Collection of 24 Manuscript Limericks, each with an original ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede.) 4to. [1846] Full red roan, blind borders; rather rubbed. The volume contains a note … Continue reading

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