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The English Dance of Death
The English Dance of Death

The English Dance of Death

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The English Dance of Death, from the Designs of Thomas Rowlandson, with Metrical Illustrations, by the Author of Dr. Syntax. London: Printed by J. Diggins, St. Ann's Lane; published at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts. 1815, [1816]. In two volumes; first edition. Volume 1: Color frontispiece = engraved title + printed title, (v blank), Advertisement pp iii ? vii (viii blank); Index to First Volume (2pp); pp1-295 [p 296 blank] 1p Advertisement, 2 pages of original wrapper from Number VIII of the original wrappers issue. Volume 2: Title as before but dated 1816 (v blank); Index to Second Volume (2pp) + pp. 1-299. Two volumes large 8vo bound in full polished calf by Riviere and Son. Red and green spine labels; spines richly gilt in compartments. All edges gilt. Complete with 72 fine full-page hand-colored plates by Rowlandson. Light flaking and light splitting to outer joints. Very light scattered internal foxing, but overall a fine set with the plates especially fresh. "With few exceptions, this work has never been sufficiently appreciated. It does not comparatively speaking fetch a high price, yet it is one of the most important of colour plate books." "Rowlandson stands absolutely alone far above his contemporaries in caricature, and The Dance of Death is the finest effort (in book form) of the greatest artist of his day." Tooley. With (Rowlandson, Thomas, illustrator). Combe, William. The Dance of Life, A Poem, by the Author of Dr Syntax; Illustrated with Coloured Engravings by Thomas Rowlandson. London: Published by R. Ackermann, Repository of Arts, 1817. First edition. Colored frontispiece, engraved title, printed title (v blank) Advertisement (one leaf), Index of Plates (1 leaf) + pp 1-285 + Advertisement. Complete with 26 fine full-page hand-colored plates by Rowlandson. Large 8vo bound in full polished calf by Riviere and Son. Red and green spine labels; spines richly gilt in compartments. All edges gilt. Light flaking and light splitting to outer joints. Very light scattered internal foxing, but overall a fine set with the plates especially fresh. Together 3 volumes.
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