LEAR (EDWARD) Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 2 vol. [First-Second series], Thomas M'Lean, 1846

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Lot 77
LEAR (EDWARD)
Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 2 vol. [First-Second series], Thomas M'Lean, 1846

£ 800 - 1,200US$ 1,000 - 1,500
LEAR (EDWARD)
Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 2 vol. [First-Second series], half-title in volume one, 55 tinted lithographed plates, 2 lithographed maps (one hand-coloured in outline), 4 pages of engraved music, illustrations in the text, publisher's green cloth gilt, printed label ("Lear's Italy. Price £4.4s") pasted inside upper cover of the first volume, neatly rebacked [Abbey Travel 172], folio (375 x 265mm.), Thomas M'Lean, 1846

Footnotes

  • Edward Lear lived in Rome from 1837 to 1848, apart from two visits to England during one of which he organised the publishing of Illustrated Excursions, based upon journeys he had made into the area around Rome and Naples. Lear notes in the preface "I have executed the whole of the Lithographic drawings from my own sketches, and have endeavoured to preserve a close fidelity to the Originals". "Queen Victoria, one of the subscribers, was so impressed with the work that she invited Lear to give her a series of twelve drawing lessons" (ODNB).

    The first series is devoted to the Abruzzi provinces of the Kingdom of Naples, the second to the Papal States.
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