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Views in the Seven Ionian Islands.
LEAR, Edward.

Views in the Seven Ionian Islands.

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Published: London Published by Edward Lear, 1863

Stock Code: 110922

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition, described by Lear's biographer Peter Levi as "the finest of Edward Lear's productions as a traveller... because its lithographs are of such beauty and done with such care it marks a high point in his career" (Edward Lear: A Biography, 2013, p. xxiii).
In 1854 Lear's close friend Franklin Lushington had been appointed judge at the supreme court of justice on Corfu, "and so Lear decided to join him and make a winter home in Corfu" (ODNB). He would become extremely familiar with the island and its environs over the next ten years. The Ionian islands were ceded to Greece in 1863 and Lear decided to try to exploit this topicality with a view book ("at a time when so great a change in the destiny of these islands is about to occur"), touring the islands before his return home. There are nine views of Corfu, including the title-vignette, three each of Santa Maura, Lefkas, Cephalonia and Zante, and one each of Paxos, Ithaca, and Cerigo. The subscription list of over 300 names is headed by the Royal Library and the Prince of Wales. Lear made a net profit of 300, but had to chase up payment from no less than 50 of the subscribers (Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer, 1968, pp. 198-99).

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Folio. Original green pebble-grain cloth neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down, gilt lettered on the front cover, yellow coated endpapers. Housed in a custom made green cloth solander box, green morocco label.


Tinted lithographic title page with vignette and 20 tinted lithograph plates by and after Lear.


Pencilled ownership inscription on front free endpaper of Mary Cabot Briggs (dated 1913) of the Boston Brahmin Cabots. A very good copy, the gilt on the binding bright and the plates clean.


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