Cuthbert Bede’s Limericks

BEDE, Cuthbert, pseud. (Edward Bradley) & HOW, William Walsham, Bishop of Wakefield. (A Collection of 24 Manuscript Limericks, each with an original ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede.) 4to. [1846]
Full red roan, blind borders; rather rubbed.

The volume contains a note by the Bishop that Edward Bradley did the amusing illustrations for him, for rhymes written in about 1846. Not all the limericks, in the Lear fashion, carry How’s H. signature. A portrait of How is laid down on leading pastedown. How, 1823-1897, was a prolific author & writer of over 50 hymns, but there is no record of any published limericks. He studied at both Oxford & Durham and became curate at St. George’s, Kidderminster 1846-48, while Bradley returned to his home town to work in the clergy schools in Kidderminster, c.1849-50.

Jarndyce.

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