• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 208

    LEAR, Edward (1812-1888). Views in the Seven Ionian Islands. London: Edward Lear, 1 December 1863. 2° (500 x 334mm). Lithographic title and 20 plates. (Plate I with spotting to image, plates 6 and 7 with soiling and waterstain at lower margin, plate 11 soiled at margin, some less obtrusive, mainly marginal spotting and soiling to other plates, plate 10 with small nick, some plate edges slightly frayed, plates and text detached.) Original green cloth (rubbed and slightly stained). Provenance: S.F. Widdrington, [Newton Hall] (bookplate).

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    LEAR, Edward (1812-1888). Views in the Seven Ionian Islands. London: Edward Lear, 1 December 1863. 2° (500 x 334mm). Lithographic title and 20 plates. (Plate I with spotting to image, plates 6 and 7 with soiling and waterstain at lower margin, plate 11 soiled at margin, some less obtrusive, mainly marginal spotting and soiling to other plates, plate 10 with small nick, some plate edges slightly frayed, plates and text detached.) Original green cloth (rubbed and slightly stained). Provenance: S.F. Widdrington, [Newton Hall] (bookplate).

    SUBSCRIBER'S COPY. Publication was planned to take advantage of the cession of the Ionian Islands to Greece in 1864. The illustration shows Paxos, 'a triumph of restraint and of study, by one who studied the landscape like the subtlest of poems' (Levi, p. 190). Lear's other published drawings of Greece had appeared in Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, 1851. Blackmer 987; not in Abbey.


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