The Tour Of Doctor Syntax In Search Of The Picturesque; A Poem.

DOCTOR SYNTAX. [COMBE, WILLIAM] AND ROWLANDSON, THOMAS, ILLUSTRATED BY.

£900.00

Publisher

R. Ackermann, 101, Strand.

Place

London

Date

1819-21

Synopsis

Volume first. the second tour of doctor syntax, in search of consolation; a poem. volume second. the third tour of doctor syntax, in search of a wife; a poem. volume third. [spine titles:] doctor syntax's 1st tour / 2nd tour / 3rd tour. third editions.

Item Description

THREE VOLUMES. Large 8vo. 6.75 x 10 inches. Volume First, iv + [ii] + 276 pp.; Volume Second, [vi] + 277 pp.; Volume Third, [vi] + 279 pp. The engraved title of The First Tour states it is the Ninth Edition with new Plates, indicating it is the ninth impression of this volume. Bound in early cloth, gilt, boards with blind stamped borders, enclosing decoration; spines decorated gilt. Top edges gilt. A little wear to extremities, with stain on front board of 1st Tour and occasional scattered foxing; otherwise a fine set. Binder's label of Remnant and Edmonds London. Early inscriptions on first free endpapers. Illustrated by 79 hand-coloured aquatint plates, signed by Thomas Rowlandson, including 3 frontispieces, by 2 vignette engraved title pages and by tailpiece vignettes. Originally issued in serial parts in Ackermann's, The Poetical Magazine in 1809 and on completion in book form in 1812; this copy has wide text margins as issued. The character of Dr Syntax, a satire on William Gilpin, a proponent of the concept of the picturesque in his writings, at once became immensely popular, with the public demanding more. Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque is a story in verse of a travelling schoolmaster and was originally entitled The Schoolmaster's Tour and later The First Tour, or Tour to the Lakes. The work was reprinted a number of times during the following decades. The first two editions were so popular that the plates had become very worn. In this third edition, Rowlandson has re-engraved them, giving them a sharp and attractive appearance. This collaboration of illustrator, author, and publisher. A fine early set, splendidly illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson and bound by Remnant and Edmonds. (Abbey 266-67, referring to the original parts. Hardie, English Coloured Books, p.167-70).

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