The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife.
London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1812, 1820 & 1821. 3 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious set of the 3 Tours, all first editions, in a wonderful full calf by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels, ornate, dense floral gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and ornate corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With 2 engraved title pages and a further 78 full page hand coloured aquatints, as called for, by Thomas Rowlandson. A fine clean set. The red label of the first volume is, as is often the case, a slightly different shade. Armorial bookplate and a neat ink owner's name on the title pages. Creasing to the joints but still a wonderful set of this great comic creation.