Edward Lear’s Nonsense

In addition to books published by Edward Lear in his lifetime, this bibliography aims to cover comprehensive anthologies or volumes which include previously unpublished material.

A Book of Nonsense, by Derry Down Derry. London: Thomas McLean, 1846 , 1855.

A Book of Nonsense. New and enlarged edition. London: Warne & Routledge, 1861.

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets. London: Robert Bush, 1871.

More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, etc. London: Robert Bush, 1872.

Laughable Lyrics. A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, & c. London: Robert Bush, 1877. 

Nonsense Books. Boston: Little, Borwn, and Company, 1888. [Includes the four Nonsense books published by Lear.] 

Nonsense Songs and Stories. Edited by Sir Edward Strachey. London: Frederick Warne, 1895. [Introduction]

Queery Leary Nonsense. Edited by Lady Strachey. London: Mills & Boon, 1911.  

The Lear Coloured Bird Book for Children. Foreword by J. St. Loe Strachey. London: Mills & Boon, 1912.

The Complete Nonsense Book. Edited by Lady Strachey. New York: Duffield & Company, 1912. [Includes the canonical four Nonsense books plus Queery Leary Nonsense.]

Facsimile of a Nonsense Alphabet Drawn and Written by Edward Lear. London: Frederick Warne, 1926. 

The Lear Omnibus. Edited by R.L. Mégroz. London: T. Nelson, 1938.

Lear in Sicily. Edited by Granville Proby. London: Duckworth, 1939?.

The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. Edited by Holbrook Jackson. London: Faber & Faber, 1947.

A Nonsense Alphabet. New York: Doubleday, 1952. [This was first published in the 24 March 1952 issue of Life ?]

Teapots and Quails. Edited by Angus Davidson and Philip Hofer. London: John Murray, 1953.

A Drawing Book Alphabet. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Library, 1954.

Lear Alphabet ABC. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.

Rhymes of Nonsense: An Alphabet. London: Bertram Rota, 1968.

The New Vestments. Drawings by Arnold Lobel. London: Macmillan, 1971.

Ye Long Nite in ye Wonderfull Bedde. Cambridge: Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1972.

St. Kiven and the Gentle Kathleen. Edited by Donald Gallup. New Haven, 1973.

A Book of Bosh. Edited by Brian Alderson. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975.

Lear in the Original. Edited by Herman W. Liebert. New York: H.P. Kraus, 1975.

For Lovers of Birds. Compiled by Vivien Noakes and Charles Lewsen. London: Collins, 1978.

For Lovers of Cats. Compiled by Vivien Noakes and Charles Lewsen. London: Collins, 1978.

For Lovers of Flowers and Gardens. Compiled by Vivien Noakes and Charles Lewsen. London: Collins, 1978.

For Lovers of Food. Compiled by Vivien Noakes and Charles Lewsen. London: Collins, 1978.

Bosh and Nonsense. London: Allen Lane, 1982.

The Tragical Life and Death of Caius Marius Esq. New York: Justin G. Schiller, 1983.

The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear. Illustrated by John Vernon Lord. New York: Harmony Books, 1984.

Nonsensus. Comparing the 1846, 1855 and 1861 printed texts of 116 Edward Lear limericks to their original manuscripts. Compiled by Justin G. Schiller, with an introduction by V. Noakes. Stroud: Catalpa Press, 1988.

A New Nonsense Alphabet. Edited by Susan Hyman. London: Bloomsbury, 1988.

The New Vestments. Illustrated by DeLoss McGraw. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense. Edited by Vivien Noakes. London: Penguin, 2001.

Over the Land and over the Sea: Selected Nonsense and Travel Writing. Edited by Peter Swaab. Manchester: Fyfield Books, 2005.


Nonsensi. Scelta e libera traduzione di Renato Bellabarba. Roma: G. Bardi , 1961.

Il libro dei nonsense. Traduzione di Carlo Izzo. Torino: Einaudi, 1970.

Poesie senza senso. Illustrate da Luciana Roselli. Torino: Einaudi, 1972.

Nonsense Poems/Poèmes sans sens. French translation by Henri Parisot. Paris: Aubier-Flammarion, 1974.

I limericks di Edward Lear. Nella versione di Ottavio Fatica; con uno scritto di Mario Praz. Roma: Theoria, 1994.


The Owl and the Pussycat (1956)
Halas and Batchelor; producer, John Halas; director, Brian Borthwick. New York, NY: Phoenix Films, 1981.

The owl and the pussycat; and, Little birds
Deborah Healy. New York, NY: Texture Films, 1980.

The Owl and the Pussycat
filmmakers, Robin E. Crist and Teresa Drilling. West Henrietta, NY: R.E. Crist, 1983.

6 Responses to Edward Lear’s Nonsense

  1. neta levy says:

    Hello,I would like to know about copyritht Edward Lear’s Nonsense and which is the desktop publishing .Thankyou!

  2. David Drozd, Brno says:

    Thanks for nice web, but I am missing very much information about translations to Czech language! There are four different editions (done by two different translators), one of them inculding almost complete Lear’s nonsens work! And there was even theatre performance based on translation’s of Lear’s limerick. I am now writing book this, could provide you more info.

  3. Skyye says:

    I guess I found an old started or test of this book. It isnt even finished and says copyright 1911. Has a lot of drawings though. and some little write up. Interesting

  4. Penny Macfarlane says:

    Where/how can I buy a copy of ‘A Musical Interlude with Mr Lear…’?

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