Edward Lear loved birds. Of all the animals that sprang from his quirky imagination, birds held a special place, serving as the animal of choice for his zoomorphosis in self-portraiture.
Not only did he draw more birds than any other animal, but he endowed them with particularly human characteristics.
This book brings together a collection of Lear's nonsense birds, such as `The Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich, who wore Boots to keep his feet quite dry', as well as the twenty birds he hand-coloured such as `The Runcible Bird' and `The Stripy Bird'.
Each of these is endowed with unique character while collectively they form a gloriously humorous flock.
Beautifully presented, this is a perfect gift for children of all ages as well as for lovers of birds.