T. Fisher Unwin Adelphi Terrace.





Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 9 inches. xl, including publisher's advertisement on verso of half title, + 327 + [1] pp. Title page in red and black. Bound in original quarter light green over dark green cloth; spine with contrasting dark green title labels, gilt, within gilt panel. Deckled edges. Foxing of edges, preliminaries and scattered in margins throughout; otherwise a very good copy. Signature on first free endpaper. Illustrated by photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard, twenty plates, including 3 in colour and by numerous sketches and facsimile letter by Lear in text. First edition of the correspondence of Edward Lear (1812-88) with two members of the English aristocracy, Chichester Fortescue, 1st Baron Carlingford (1823-98), Liberal politician and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, Countess Waldegrave (1821-79), whom he married in 1863. The collection was edited by Constance Strachey (1855-1936), wife of another Liberal politician, Edward Strachey, later 1st Baron Strachie. The letters chiefly relate to Lear's extensive European travels and are illustrated by his humorous sketches and accompanied by a selection of his paintings. The editor's brother-in-law, Henry Strachey (1863-1940) contributed a short appreciation of Lear as a painter and a list of Pictures Painted, compiled by Lear himself, is given in the Appendix.

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