Edward Lear is most commonly remembered as the endearing master of nonsense verse ie "the owl and the pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat..."! But the first manifestation of his genius was his penchant for drawing animals directly from life. Here Robert Peck has assembled Lear's work in the first book to fully explore his talents as a natural history artist. Color plates and sketches throughout. Hardcover. 223 Pgs.