Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for a book of nonsense scholars choice edition at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Nonsense songs stories botany and alphabets scholars choice edition edward lear on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it this work was reproduced from the original artifact. 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. Misery loves drollery so seems to have said the victorian gent edward lear who was plagued by major illness all of his life grand mal epilepsy asthma near blindness and severe depression were his poor lot in life though it didnt stop him from pursuing a respectable career in drafting and illustration. 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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