LEAR, Edward. Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin for Robert John Bush, 1870.
8° (258 x 175mm). Half-title and title. Wood-engraved frontispiece and 39 plates by Pibaraud, Pégard, Pannemakèr, Badoureau and Cooper after Lear and others (3 before letters), wood-engraved map and illustrations. 4-page subscribers list on larger sheets [not included in published edition] and 28 blank leaves bound in at the end. (Some gatherings a little spotted, D4.5 detached.) Original cloth [variant [?]trial binding], boards with central circular design in blind, blind-ruled borders, spine lettered and decorated in gilt (extremities a little rubbed and bumped, short tears on spine, a few light marks). Provenance: Edward Lear -- Mrs Harford (presentation inscription 'Mrs. Harford from Edward Lear , Villa Tennyson , Sanremo , March 1883' and tipped-in autograph letter signed ('Edward Lear') to Mrs Harford, Villa Tennyson, 22 March 1883, 2pp., 16°) -- John Charles Harford (bookplate) -- Stanhope Shelton (bookplate) -- [sale, Sotheby's London, 5 July 1977, lot 290.]
FIRST EDITION. LEAR'S CORRECTED PROOFS IN A VARIANT BINDING, INSCRIBED BY HIM AND WITH A 2-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. In his letter to Mrs Harford (presumably the wife of J.B. Harford, whom 'in 1862, [Lear] listed as no. 4 of his ten original friends', [Selected Letters, ed. V. Noakes (Oxford: 1988), p.294]), Lear explains that 'by constant rummaging and searching' he has finally located a copy of the work which John Boyle will convey to her. However, the book 'will require to be rebound, & there are many press-corrections through the volume; but these drawbacks are not very great'. The corrections in Lear's hand occur throughout the text (together with a few in other hands), and are generally concerned with layout and mis-set type -- e.g. lowering the caption on the map, numbering footnotes, suggesting an additional illustration -- but also correct misspellings. The corrections are particularly frequent on gatherings G-I, and the volume appears to have been corrected in sections and the following leaves bear the word 'Revise' and the date: B1 (20 October ); E1 (27 October); F1 (28 October); J1 (4 November), and leaves L1 and M1 are simply marked 'Revise'. A second hand (possibly Mrs Harford) has identified some of the characters named only their initials in pencil in the margins, including John Battersby Harford ('Behold, it was my friend J.B.H.', p.64; Harford also subscribed to two copies of the book according to the subscribers list). The binding is executed in a darker cloth than that of the published edition, and although the number and spacing of the rules that form the borders remain the same for both, this copy has an additional circular design of foliate sprays blocked in blind in the centre of the boards, and the spine is decorated with gilt foliate devices not employed for the standard edition binding, but does not include the date '1868' in the title.