LAUGHABLE LYRICS: A FOURTH BOOK OF NONSENSE POEMS, SONGS, BOTANY, MUSIC, &c.
London: R. J. Bush, 1877. (Inscribed: ‘Lily Antrobus from Papa December 17 1876.). Illustrated in black and white by Lear. Original green cloth pictorially blocked in gilt with a picture of the Owl and The Pussycat, and titled, ‘Lear’s Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets.’ Containing 10 nonsense songs (The Dong with the Luminous Nose, Pelican Chorus and others), New Nonsense Botany and two Alphabets (5 and 6). Quarto. First edition, variant or possibly, and much more likely an unknown de-luxe binding intended for Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, previously published in 1871 by R. J. Bush; though this title was issued in cloth-backed paper covered printed boards. Engraved pictorial Bookplate of Lily Antrobus; inscription on title; else a near fine copy.