1949 Edward Lear's Parrots
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, With Dustwrapper
The first edition of this work in the publisher's original quarter cloth binding with pictorial boards, and the original unclipped dust wrapper.
Illustrated with 12 colour plates. Collated, complete.
An essay by Brian Reade, exploring Edward Lear's early work as a bird artist, illustrated with vivid reproductions of Lear's coloured lithographs from Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots (1832). Edward Lear (1812-1888) had a varied career, firstly as a draughtsman of birds and animals, and then as an author and poet. He is best remembered for his literary nonsense poetry.
In publisher's original quarter cloth binding, with original unclipped dust wrapper. Externally, boards are very bright and smart. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean, apart from offsetting to the end papers and the odd mark to the gutter. Dust wrapper is smart but a little soiled, with offsetting to the verso. Plates are very bright.
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