This is the Rare First French Edition of Doctor Syntax in search of the Picturesque. [ROWLANDSON, Thomas, illustrator]. (COMBE, William).It was published in Paris: Chez l'Auteur; Chez Pelicier. The text is ornamented by 26 fantastic lithographed (by Malapeau and Engelmann) plates (including frontispiece and added vignette title).
The text is bound in fine calf (in Octavo), with gilt tooled frames on boards. The spine is gilt tooled into six compartments, one of which holds the red Morocoo leather gilt tooled title plate. The binding is in good condition, there is a 2" fine split at top front joint, but otherwise the binding is sound. The lithographs remain fresh.
The Tour of Doctor Syntax was first published (1809-1811) in Ackerman's Poetical Magazine under the title of "The Schoolmaster's Tour". Thomas Rowlandson supplied the plates which depicted the various fortunes of this touring schoolmaster. The publication of this title made the fortune of the magazine and was reprinted by Ackerman in 1812 as The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque. The French text is presented in poetry form in XX chants.
The very animated Doctor Syntax was the fictitious schoolmaster hero of three very popular books between 1812 and 1821. The caricaturist /water-colour painter Thomas Rowlandson painted one or two pictures each month showing the Doctor in various humorous scrapes (falling into water, disputing his bill with an inn keeper, meeting prospective wives, etc). He supplied these pictures to William Combe who then wrote a continuous story in verse along the theme of the pictures. Until he received the pictures, Combes did not know the subject..
The 26 plates are amusing and detailed. They are presented in full page format.
This is a wonderful title for those fanciers of fine and unusual illustrations with exceptional and curious text.
Item ID: LC125
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