antedating "limerick" (1888) ? OED

John-Patrick email1 at FOLKLORE.MS
Sun Dec 21 04:03:00 UTC 2008


I have found an edition of Edward Lear's book issued in 1888 after the death of Lear in January of that year that is titled "A Book of Limericks":,M1

This antedates "limerick" in the OED by 8 years.  I can find no copy of this edition in WorldCat and that is rather strange.  Can anyone find other copies of this book?   Am I missing something?

Any help is appreciated.


John Patrick


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