• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 209

    LEAR, Edward (1812-1888). Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica. London: Robert John Bush, 1870. Large 8° (261 x 174mm), 40 wood-engraved plates and 40 vignettes after Lear, map of the author's route. (Spotting to half-title, map and first two chapters, but plates generally clean.) Original buff cloth (a little soiled and stained, spine slightly discoloured at foot, corners bumped). Provenance: S.F. Widdrington [Newton Hall] (bookplate).

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    LEAR, Edward (1812-1888). Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica. London: Robert John Bush, 1870. Large 8° (261 x 174mm), 40 wood-engraved plates and 40 vignettes after Lear, map of the author's route. (Spotting to half-title, map and first two chapters, but plates generally clean.) Original buff cloth (a little soiled and stained, spine slightly discoloured at foot, corners bumped). Provenance: S.F. Widdrington [Newton Hall] (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of Lear's last travel book, 'still an excellent guide to that island' (Levi). Despite the lack of classical antiquities, he found 'Every part of Corsica full of scenes stamped with original beauty and uncommon interest ... many of the llustrations were made in short pedestrian excursions, particularly in the forests, at some distance from the high road' (preface, pp. ix-x). The wood-engravings were executed under Lear's supervision in Paris. Peter Levi, Edward Lear (1995), pp. 227-229.


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