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The Poetical Magazine

By Rudolph Ackermann (ed.)

1809-1810

R. Ackermann : London

8.5" by 5.5"

iv, 404pp [4pp index]; 372pp [4pp index]; 364pp [4pp index]; 342pp [1pp index].

 

 

 

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A scarce first edition copy of the 'The Poetical Magazine' published and edited by Rudolph Ackermann, containing the first printed edition of William Combe's famous poem 'The Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque'.

William Combe was a prolific English writer of miscellaneous prose and satirical verse, best remembered as the author of 'The Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque', a comic poem illustrated by the notable artist Thomas Rowlandson's coloured plates. The poem, written in the form of a verse, tells the story of the titular rural schoolmaster and pastor who attempts to make his fortune by going travelling, and then writing and illustrating a book about his experiences of quaint and unusual places. The poem was published for the first time serially in this four volume set of Rudolph Ackermann’s 'Poetical Magazine'. Ackermann not only published the work but also oversaw Combe and Rowlandson’s collaboration. Complete in four volumes, with: Six issues from May 1809 to October 1809 to volume I, with a 'Supplement to the Poetical Magazine, Completing Vol I. From May to October, 1809.' Six issues from November 1809 to April 1810, with a 'Supplement to the Poetical Magazine, Completing Vol II. From November, 1809, to April, 1810.' Six issues from May 1810 to October, 1810, with a 'Supplement to the Poetical Magazine, Completing Vol III. From May 1810 to October, 1810.' Six issues from November 1810 to April 1811, with a 'Supplement to the Poetical Magazine, Completing Vol IV. From November 1810 to April 1811' In a full tooled calf binding. With a leather prior owner's bookplate tipped to the front pastedown of volume I, II and III of a 'John Mottershead'. With thirteen coloured plates to volume I, thirteen coloured plates to volume II, twelve coloured plates to volume III, and thirteen plates to volume IV, eleven of which are coloured. Volume I lacking plate 2, with plate 5 bound in its place. Volume II is lacking plate 1, with plate 2 bound as the frontispiece. All of Rowlandson's plates accompanying Combe's 'The Tour of Dr. Syntax' are present. Lacking part of index to rear of volume IV.

CONDITION

In a full tooled calf binding. Externally slightly bumped and rubbed to extremities and head and tail of spine, resulting in slight loss to leather, more severe to volume III. Volume II lacking spine with front board detached. Handling marks to boards. Lacking spine labels, volume I. Slight loss to lower spine label, volume III. Leather to joints split, with tender joints to volume I and IV. Hinges split and tender, volume I and IV. Front hinge split and weak, volume IV, rear hinge split and tender. Hinge between coloured plate and illustrated title page volume II weak. Offsetting to extremities of endpapers, all volumes. Prior owner's leather bookplate tipped to front pastedown, volume I, II and III. Generally firmly bound, strained in places. Pages generally bright and clean, slightly age toned with the odd spot. Scattered spotting and heavy age toning to the occasional page, heavier to first and last few pages. The odd handling mark. Tidemark to lower fore edge of illustrated title page, and pages 57-71, 115-120, volume I. Offsetting from plates to facing page. Evidence of removal of rear free-endpaper to gutter, volume I. Coloured plates age toned, with the occasional spotting. Evidence of removal of prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, volume IV. Lacking part of index to rear of volume IV.

Overall Condition: Good Only

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