A book of nonsense childrens classics edward lear on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the owls hen larks and their nests in his beard are among the fey fauna and peculiar persons inhabiting the uniquely inspired nonsense rhymes and drawings of lear 20th child of a london stockbroker. 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. A book of nonsense has 1535 ratings and 132 reviews manny said i grew up reading a book of nonsense which left me with a permanent weakness for limer. Description 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
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