Edward Lear's Alphabet of Nonsense
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Edward Lear's Alphabet of Nonsense

Edward Lear seems to have begun making nonsense alphabets in the mid-1950s, usually for children of his friends and acquaintances. This one was created for Ruth Decie, drawn when she was only a few days old. It is one of the most charming, typically drawn on sheets of blue writing paper backed with linen, and was bequeathed to the Ashmolean by one of Ruth's descendants in December 2011. This delightful book won the prize for 'Best Children's Publication' at the Association for Cultural Enterprise awards in 2013.

 

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