LEAR, Edward. Illustrated Excursions in Italy [... volume II]. London: S. & J. Bentley, Wilson & Fley for Thomas M'Lean, 1846. 2 volumes, 4° (374 x 272mm). Half-titles, letterpress titles with woodcut vignettes, 2-page publisher's advertisement at the end of vol. II. 2 lithographic maps hand-coloured in outline, 55 tinted lithographic plates by and after Lear printed by Hullmandel and Walton, 2 leaves of engraved music, woodcut illustrations. (Variable spotting and browning, some marginal tears and fraying.) Original green cloth tooled in gilt and blind, spines lettered in gilt (extremities rubbed, boards a little marked, spines faded, shaken and disbound). Provenance: Ann Lear (1791-1861, presentation inscriptions in vol. I: 'Ann Lear--, from Edward Lear. , 27. Duke St. St. James's , 30. June. 1846.' and in vol. II: 'Ann Lear , from her affectionate brother , Edward. , Nov. 16. 1846') -- Allan Nevill, Lear's godson, and thence by descent to the present owner. Vol. I: Abbey Travel 172.
E. LEAR. Views in Rome and its Environs. London: C. Hullmandel for T. M'Lean, 1841. 2° (540 x 370mm). Tinted lithographic title and 19 (of 20) plates by and after Lear. 4-page letterpress prospectus tipped in at the end, with 7 names added in Lear's hand to the list of subscribers. (Some spotting, marginal staining affecting image on 2 plates, some short marginal tears.) Original half morocco gilt, gilt morocco lettering-piece on upper board (some wear to spine and lettering-piece, disbound, 2 plates crudely joined at gutter). Provenance: Ann Lear (presentation inscription 'Ann Lear , The gift of her Brother Edwd.' -- Allan Nevill, Lear's godson, and thence by descent to the present owner. Abbey Travel 183.
FIRST EDITIONS. PRESENTATION COPIES, INSCRIBED BY LEAR TO HIS BELOVED SISTER ANN, who had raised him, and of whom Lear wrote after her death 'Ever all she was to me was good, & what I should have been unless she had been my mother I dare not think' (E. Lear Selected Letters, ed. V. Noakes (Oxford: 1980), p.xxxix). This lot and lots 113-115 are from the library of Allan Nevill, Lear's godson and the son of Mr and Mrs William Nevill. William was described by Lear as 'my very earliest friend' (op. cit., p.289), and it was to the Nevills' house in Highbury that he went on the morning of 11 March 1861, after Ann fell into the coma which preceded her death just after noon that day; it seems probable that Lear would have given these volumes to the Nevills in remembrance of his sister. (3)