Doctor Syntax in Paris; or, A Tour in Search of the Grotesque. William? Combe.
Doctor Syntax in Paris; or, A Tour in Search of the Grotesque

Syntax Spinoff

Doctor Syntax in Paris; or, A Tour in Search of the Grotesque.

London: W. Wright, 1820.

Williams, Charles. First edition. Engraved title page & 16 [of 17] hand-colored aquatint plates after Charles Williams. 1 vols. 8vo. Syntax Spinoff. Contemporary boards, recased and rebacked in later cloth. One plate detached. Lacking Abbey's Plate 12 ("Doctor Syntax / producing his certificate of marriage to his hostess"). Abbey Travel 109; Houfe, p. 498. Item #42324

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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