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    [Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator]. The Tour of Doctor Syntax through London Or the Pleasures and Miseries of the Metropolis. A Poem. London: J. Johnson, 1820. Third edition. Octavo. Complete with twenty hand-colored plates. Bound by Bayntun of Bath in full red morocco covers. A beautiful copy in fine condition.

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    [Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator]. The Tour of Doctor Syntax through London Or the Pleasures and Miseries of the Metropolis. A Poem. London: J. Johnson, 1820.

    Third edition of this Syntax imitation. Octavo. [iii]-iv, [2], 319. [1] pages. Complete with twenty hand-colored plates, including an engraved title-page with vignette illustration, by Rowlandson (and others).

    Bound by Bayntun of Bath in full red morocco, covers with triple gilt-ruled borders enclosing small gilt corner pieces, spine compartments paneled and lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, rest untrimmed. A very well-margined copy (untrimmed but for the top edge) and absolutely clean.

    This title is one of many imitations of William Combe's popular series of the Tours of Doctor Syntax (originally published in 1812, 1820 and 1821 and reprinted numerous times). Tooley lists a first of this parody and in the entry makes note of this 'Third Edition' but no note of a second. This copy is the same size as that listed by Abbey as 'Untrimmed'.

    Tooley 434. Abbey, Life, 265.



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