[IMITATION of William Combe / Dr Syntax].
Title The Wars of Wellington, a Narrative Poem; in Fifteen Cantos. Embellished with Six Engravings coloured from the original Paintings. By Dr Syntax.
Book Condition The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, pp.vi + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant.
Publisher London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821.
Seller ID 9296
The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. *** The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very long narrative poem is supported by extensive factual prose footnotes. See Tooley 154 describing this as A Syntax Imitation; and see Abbey : Life In England 358. *** A rare book : no copy listed in The Sandler Collection. See COPAC listing 2 copies only of the 1819 Edition [in the British Library and at Birmingham] : and no copies at all of this 1821 Reissue.
LITERATURE PRESSILLUS ILLUSTRATION POETRY COMBE SYNTAX WELLINGTON NAPOLEON WATERLOO WHITTINGHAM HEATH STADLER AQUATINT ENGRAVING