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    Eighty Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
    by Thomas Rowlandson

    [Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator]. [William Combe]. The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax, including: The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; and The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife. London: R. Ackermann, [1812], 1820, [1821]. All first editions. Quartos. [vi], 275; [6], 277; [6], 279 pages. Eighty hand-colored aquatint plates by Thomas Rowlandson, including three frontispieces and the color vignette title pages of the first and third volumes, only printed title page in second volume. Bound by Baytun in full blue straight-grain morocco with gilt rules and decorative borders on covers, five raised spine bands with gilt lettered title labels and devices in compartments, gilt board edges and inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Signed illustrated bookplate of Jean Hersholt with small personal catalog label on front pastedown and illustrated bookplate of Roger H. West on the front free endpaper of each volume. All three volumes housed in a custom cloth slipcase.

    Bindings lightly rubbed, surface leather chipping at joints, spines color faded. Rear hinge of second volume cracked. Textblocks trimmed with occasional losses to plate captions and to the lower text of the first title page. Holograph pencil notes on versos of rear free endpapers and facing blanks. First volume with a small catalog entry affixed on verso of last blank; last plate repaired along inner margin and reinserted; and a small indentation in text and plates increasing from Aa1 and diminishing towards the end of the book. Second volume with two minor paper lifts in the backgrounds of plates facing pages 24 and 198. Several neat pencil marks, underlines and annotations, two dated 1959 and 1961. Few pages and plates with edge wear and small edge tears. Few minor paper repairs in upper corners. Some image offset from plates on facing text pages. Foxing, mostly on plate margins. Occasional smudging, soiling or stains. Overall a very good set.


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