William Combe, 1741-1823, was a British miscellaneous writer. His early life was that of an adventurer, his later life was passed chiefly within the rules of the King's Bench Prison. He is chiefly remembered as the author of The Three Tours of Dr. Syntax, a comic poem. He also wrote the letterpress for various illustrated books, and was a general hack.
Thomas Rowlandson, 1756-1827, was an English artist and caricaturist. On leaving school, he became a student at the Royal Academy. Rowlandson was largely employed by Rudolph Ackermann, the art publisher. His most popular works were those that accompanied the various Tours of Doctor Syntax.
Bound in dark green cloth with gilt lettering and vignette on the front cover, the book is bumped on edges and corners, with a split at the top of the front spine, which may be viewed on the image. The interior is intact apart from some of the stitched sections loosening from the spine, especially between pages 224 and 225, but there are no loose pages. Text block edges are toned, also many inside pages are toning around outer borders, unsurprising when considering the age of the book, also the title pages are moderately foxed. Although the book is undated, there are catalogue pages printed at the end of the book, advertising "Very Important new Books. Special List for 1872".
Rowlandson's full page illustrations are superb.