PRESENTATION COPY IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrator) ~ Johnny Quae Genus
London: Ackermann, 1822
Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A superb binding by Tout with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards, dentelles and the top edge. 24 hand coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson. With the armorial bookplate of Lord Cowdray. The original cloth covers and back strip are bound in as is the original paper wrapper of the first part. On this paper wrapper is a partly obscured presentation from William Combe himself, it reads: 'Presented to A..... Thomas R.... by the author W. combe Esq.' The owner's name is also on the title page and is that of Anthony Thomas Ryves. Anthony Ryves was the son of Combe's landlady, Mrs. C. Ryves, and was virtually an adopted son of Combe's. Anthony Ryves's heavily annotated copy of Combe's letters to Marianne Brookes, on whom Combe paid lavish attention, is now in the British Library. He was an important figure in Combe's life and communicated with the latter's wife, Charlotte, on Combe's death conveying the extent of his indebtedness, including a debt of £90 due to Mrs. Ryves for back rent. An important presentation copy from one of the most extraordinary figures in English literary life of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century in a stunning binding.