London, South Kensington
23 April 1999
HOW, William Walsham & "Cuthbert BEDE" (illustrator, ie. Edward BRADLEY). A Collection of 25 original autograph limericks by William Walsham How, Bishop of Wakefield, each on a separate leaf surmounted by an original mounted pen-and-ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede, "C.B.", average dimension of illustrations 100 x 85mm., photographed portrait of the author mounted on the front pastedown, contemporary red roan gilt (heavily rubbed).
This collection of limericks by a little-known cleric are contemporary with, and clearly influenced by, the work of Edward Lear (1812-88), who published his Book of Nonsense in 1846. The illustrator, The Reverend Edward Bradley (1827-89), studied wood-engraving with George Cruikshank. In 1856 he illustrated his own book The Adventures of Verdant Green, an Oxford Freshman and made many contributions to Punch and The Illustrated London Magazine. (See Houfe's The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914.)
"The illustrations in this book are originals by Edward Bradley, better known by his nom de plume of 'Cuthbert Bede', who did them for me, I giving him the rhymes, about the year 1846. W. W. H."
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