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MORE NONSENSE PICTURES, RHYMES,
BOTANY, &c.



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MORE NONSENSE,


PICTURES, RHYMES,


BOTANY, ETC.


BY

EDWARD LEAR.


LONDON :


ROBERT JOHN BUSH, 32, CHARING CROSS, S.W.


1872.









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Printed by Watson & Hazell, London and Aylesbury.




INTRODUCTION



In offering this little Book-^-the third of its kind — to the Public,
I am glad to take the opportunity of recording the pleasure I
have received at the appreciation its predecessors have met with,
as attested by their wide circulation, and by the universally kind
notices of them from the Press. To have been the means of
administering innocent mirth to thousands, may surely be a just
motive for satisfaction, and an excuse for grateful expression.

At the same time, I am desirous of adding a few words as to
the history of the two previously published volumes, and more
particularly of the first or original " Book of Nonsense," relating



vi INTR OD UCTION.

to which many absurd reports have crept into circulation, such
as that it was the composition of the late Lord Brougham, the
late Earl of Derby, &c. ; that the rhymes and pictures are by
different persons ; or that the whole have a symbolical meaning,
&c, &c. ; whereas, every one of the Rhymes was composed by
myself, and every one of the Illustrations drawn by my own hand
at the 'time the verses were made. Moreover, in no portion of
these Nonsense drawings have I ever allowed any caricature of
private or public persons to appear, and throughout, more care
than might be supposed has been given to make the subjects
incapable of misinterpretation : " Nonsense," pure and abso-
lute, having been my aim throughout.

As for the persistently absurd report of the late Earl of Derby
being the author of the " First Book of Nonsense," I may relate
an incident which occurred to me four summers ago, the first
that gave me any insight into the origin of the rumour.

I was on my way from London to Guildford, in a railway car-
riage, containing, besides myself, one passenger, an elderly
gentleman : — presently, however, two ladies entered, accom-
panied by two little boys. These, who had just had a copy of
the " Book of Nonsense" given them, were loud in their delight,
and by degrees infected the whole party with their mirth

" How grateful," said the old gentleman to the two ladies,
" all children and parents too ought to be to the statesman who
has given his time to composing that charming book ! "

(The ladies looked puzzled, as indeed was I, the Author.)

" Do younot know who is thewriterof it? " asked the gentleman.



INTR OD UCTION. vii

" The name is * Edward Lear,' " said one of the ladies.

" Ah !" said the first speaker ; "so it is printed, but that is
only a whim of the real author, the Earl of Derby. ' Edward '
is his christian name, and, as you may see, Lear is only Earl
transposed."

" But," said the lady, doubtingly, "here is a dedication to the
great-grand-children, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces of Ed-
ward, thirteenth Earl of Derby, by the author, Edward Lear."

" That," replied the other, "is simply apiece of mystification;
I am in a position to know that the whole book was composed
and illustrated by Lord Derby himself. In fact, there is no such
a person at all as Edward Lear."

"Yet," said the other lady, "some friends of mine tell me
they know Mr, Lear."

" Quite a mistake! completely a mistake !" said the old gentle-
man, becoming rather angry at the contradiction, "I am well
aware of what I am saying: I can inform you, no such a person
as * Edward Lear' exists ! "

Hitherto I had kept silence, but as my hat was, as well as my
handkerchief and stick, largely marked inside with my name,
and, as I happened to have in my pocket several letters addressed
to me, the temptation was too great to resist, so, flashing all
these articles at once on my would-be extinguisher's attention, I
speedily reduced him to silence,

The second volume of Nonsense, commencing with the verses,
" The Owl and the Pussy Cat," was written at different times ;
and for different sets of children : the whole being collected in



viii INTR OD UCTION.

the course of last year, were then illustrated, and published in a
single volume, by Mr. R. J. Bush, of 32, Charing Cross.

The contents of the third or present volume were made also
at different intervals in the last two years.

Long years ago, in days when much of my time was passed
in a Country House, where children and mirth abounded, the lines
beginning, " There was an old man of Tobago,' ' were suggested
to me by a valued friend, as a form of verse lending itself to
limitless variety for Rhymes and Pictures ; and thenceforth the
greater part of the original drawings and verses for the first
" Book of Nonsense" were struck off with a pen, no assistance
ever having been given me in any way but that of uproarious
delight and welcome at the appearance of every new absurdity.

Most of these Drawings and Rhymes were transferred to
lithographic stones in the year 1846, and were then first pub-
lished by Mr. Thomas McLean, of the Haymarket. But that
edition having been soon exhausted, and the call for the " Book
of Nonsense" continuing, I added a considerable number of
subjects to those previously published, and having caused the
whole to be carefully reproduced in woodcuts, by Messrs.
Dalzell, I disposed of the Copyright to Messrs. Routledge and
Warne, by whom the volume was published in 1843.



Edward Lear.



Villa Emily,

San Remo, August, 1871.



CONTENTS.



NONSENSE BOTANY.



ONE HUNDRED NONSENSE PICTURES AND RHYMES.



TWENTY-SIX NONSENSE RHYMES AND PICTURES.



NONSENSE BOTANY.




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