New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1903. Thomas Rowlandson. A New Edition. Small octavos (17.5 x 10.6cm); uniformly bound in red cloth covered boards with paper labels to the spines, top edges gilt, and plain endpapers.
The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque: (8) 265 (1); with 31 colour illustrations by Rowlandson; moderate foxing to the text pages while plates a generally clean; spine a little sunned, head and foot of the spine pushed, paper label slightly chipped along rhs; 1cm diametre spot on top board. The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of Consolation: pp. vi, 264; with 24 colour illustrations by Rowlandson; mild foxing to the text pages while plates a generally clean; head of spine abraded and tail of spine pushed, paper label browned, two small (5mm) marks on spinewhich is slightly sunned. The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of A Wife: pp (10) 265 (1); with 25 colour illustrations by Rowlandson; minor foxing to the text pages while plates a generally clean; head of spine chipped and foot of spine pushed with narrow chip, spine is also sunned; 1cm diametre spot on top board. Item #1073
These Appleton editions were based on the first Ackermann editions of 1817, 1820 and 1821 respectively. The concept of picturesque evolved in late eighteenth century England and favoured rough, varied and irregular forms. The artist William Gilpin (1724-1804) popularised the Lake District in the country's north west by publishing a book describing its picturesque landscape. William Combe (1741-1843) wrote his verse to satirise Gilpin and his readers and noted caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) provided the colour illustrations.