The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
with hand-coloured plates by Thomas Rowlandson
Fourth miniature edition, half-leather with marbled boards. Five raised bands and gilt titling to spine. 15 × 9.5cm, 276pp + plate index (all plates present: frontis; title page & twenty-nine within the text).
William Coombe's early nineteenth century of how Dr Syntax, a curate, sets off in search of the ideal picturesque landscape only to be continually thwarted by bathetic and farcical inconveniences. During the course of the poem the unfortunate Dr Syntax stumbles into a lake while attempting to reach the perfect location from which to sketch a suitably ruined castle, is chased by a bull and driven to distraction by the incessant bleating of sheep.
The book is illustrated with 29 hand-coloured plates, re-engraved for this edition (R V Tooley, English books with coloured plates, 1790–1860, p430), and includes hand-coloured frontispiece and title page.
The leather is in poor condition, with the rear board detached and heavily scuffed to the edges and joints. The main body of text is in good condition, with the inner binding secure (though the ffep is working loose) and the pages a little age-toned.
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