MANUSCRIPT IMITATION OF A TENNYSON POEM WITH UNPUBLISHED IMITATIONS OF LEAR'S LIMERICKS

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A manuscript common place book of early unpublished Limericks written in imitation of Edward Lear,

MANUSCRIPT, FISHER, Edith, A manuscript common place book of early unpublished Limericks written in imitation of Edward Lear, with an imitation of a Tennyson poem, and a few other pieces. [London?] 1855-1864.

4to., 39pp., written mostly in the hand of Edith Fisher, some leaves excised, some usage, contemporary half roan over marbled boards, spine worn and broken, upper board loose.

Edith Fisher of 16 Dorset Square, London. The first item is a poem titles The Modern Godiva. Punch v Tennyson,> is of 46 lines and has first line !I waited for a Dear Street Lecturer'. It would seem to be unpublished. Then follows a section headed Book of Nonsense> which is followed by 27 4-line Limericks - the first line of the first Limerick reads 'There was an old woman of the City' and is signed 'E.F.F.' (Edith). The remainder are all signed by a variety of initials though most are in Edith's hand. Other pieces include an account of a trip through Europe (10 pp.), and an article about dogs in India (7pp.). Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense> first appeared in 1846 and was an immediate success which set off a trend for imitation. The variety of initials after the Limericks would suggest that this section was compiled by a circle of Friends of Edith, and probably at a young age.