London: W. Wright, 1820.
Williams, Charles. First edition. Engraved title page & 17 hand-colored aquatint plates after Charles Williams. viii, 318 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Syntax Spinoff. Later half crimson calf, spine gilt, morocco label, marbled edges and endpapers. Minor rubbing and wear to extremities, a few small marginal smudges and repairs to text, plates clean, colors bright. Abbey Travel 109; Houfe, p. 498. Provenance: R.H. Johnson, R.F.A. (contemporary ink signature to flyleaf). Item #313842
The plates of this rollicking Doctor Syntax spinoff are by Charles Williams, chief caricaturist for the printseller Fores, and they are as fully irreverent as the Rowlandson (and Gillray) plates which were his inspiration, and all the more so for their Gallic setting. As for the text, "it might conceivably be genuinely by Combe ... " - Abbey.
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