1821. ROWLANDSON, Thomas, and William Combe. THE TOUR OF DOCTOR SYNTAX IN SEARCH OF THE PICTURESQUE; with IN SEARCH OF CONSOLATION; with IN SEARCH OF A WIFE. Three volumes. London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1812, 1820, 1821. 8vo. Later grained morocco, all edges gilt. iii, (iii), 274 pages, 31 hand-colored aquatint plates including frontispiece and title leaf; (vi), 277 pages, 24 hand-colored aquatint plates including frontispiece; Engraved and colored title leaf, (iv), 277 pages, 24 hand- colored aquatint plates including frontispiece. Volume one second edition; volumes two and three, first editions. One of Thomas Rowlandson's most popular series of engraved plates illustrating William Combe's most popular set of books. He was a "prolific English writer of miscellaneous prose and satrical verse." Dr. Syntax was introduced in 1809 in The Poetical Magazine. Combe's first Dr. Syntax book, The Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque (1812) and its sucessors, The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation (1820), and The Third Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of a Wife (1821), satirize the many eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century writers whose "Tours," "Travels," and "Journeys" were vehicles for sententious moralizing, uninspired raptures, and sentimental accounts of amorous adventures. The popularity of Combe's work owed much to the illustrations of Thomas Rowlandson whose engravings were for late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England what William Hogarth was to the earlier eighteenth-century. The binding is a fine example by Bumpus, Oxford Street, London a contemporary and peer to Reviere & Son. (Inventory #: 39613)
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