LEAR, Edward. Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica
London: Robert John Bush, 1870.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xvi, 272 pp. With half-title; 1 map, 40 wood-engraved plates (incl. frontis.), 40 wood-engraved text illustrations. Slight foxing throughout; upper margin of Index torn, not affecting text; a few pages unopened. Original brown cloth binding; blind-stamped tooled decoration on covers; gilt title on spine. Overall, a fine copy.
The author of this work, Edward Lear (1812 – 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense poetry and prose and especially his limericks. As an artist he is most known for his illustrations of birds and animals, coloured drawings during his many journeys in Italy and the Mediterranean, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books and as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poems.