I came to know some of the limericks by edward lear when i bought a book to my child aged seven at the time a long time ago a book in italian edited by a long since disappeared publishing housein a series called tantibambini many children. The book of nonsense by edward lear was published in 1846 during the victorian golden age of childrens literature which was really the first time that books for young people were published for the purpose of enjoyment. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Description edward lears a book of nonsense was first published in 1846 under the pseudonym derry down derry the limericks and illustrations which lear himself drew were adapted from those lear produced to amuse the children of lord stanley while he was staying with the family at knowsley. The first edition was published by thomas mclean on 10 february 1846 there were altogether seventy two limericks in two volumes selling at 3s 6d each it was the convention at the time for childrens books to be published anonymously so there was no mention of lears name in the book
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