A BOOK OF NONSENSE By Derry Down Derry.
London: T. Mclean, No date. (1855.). Title and 72 leaves, each printed by lithography on one side only. Original pictorial boards, cloth-backed. Oblong octavo. Second edition. Upper board cropped, affecting lettering, and a few images slightly cropped at upper edge; last line of text of the final limerick also slightly affected. Expertly re-backed and re-cased; bookplate of the noted English collector Dr. G. Bell with his notes on the fixed front endpaper. An excellent First published in 1846 in two volumes, only the first two editions were printed by lithography, wood-engraving being preferred for the third and subsequent editions. Both of the first two editions were small, possibly as few as 250 – 500 copies being printed. Even the third edition only numbered 1000 copies. The binding method for the first two editions was by the ‘perfect’ or gutta-percha method, and copies are often found in a distressed state, most probably lacking their original bindings and usually incomplete. The first two lithographed editions (the first edition and this, the second edition) include three limericks which were suppressed when Routledge issued the 3rd, wood-engraved,