The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
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Colour Plates, Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The sixth edition.
Illustrated with a hand-coloured frontispiece, hand-coloured title vignette, and twenty-nine hand-coloured plates.
Title page is closely trimmed to the tail, resulting in the loss of the publishing information. Publishing information for this sixth edition taken from Jisc.
Collated, lacking the first leaf of the advertisement to the front (page i/ii), but all plates are present.
'Doctor Syntax' is a comic character, a satire of William Gilpin. He published three satirical poems in this series, showing Syntax touring Britain, in order to describe his theory of the Picturesque.
A brilliantly entertaining Georgian poem which was originally serialized in 'The Poetical Magazine'. Combe satrisies William Gilpin, who, like Syntax, toured Britain to find the picturesque.
Written by William Combe, a British author, who is best remembered today for his Doctor Syntax works.
Illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson, a celebrated English artist and caricaturist.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, worn. Front board is held by two cords only, and may detach, even with careful handling. Loss to the tail of the spine. Bumping and a little loss of leather and paper to the extremities. Light rubbing to the boards. Crack to the head of the front board. Spine is faded. Rear hinge is starting but firm. Bookseller's label to the front paste down. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some spots, and the occasional ink mark. Repairs to the margins of plate facing page 1, and to the tail of page 15/16, and larger repair to the margin of page 5/6, all with no loss of text. Larger repair to the final page, 275/276, with loss of text. Small closed tear to page 79/80 and plate facing page 81. Small chip to the head of page 255/256.
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