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William Combe.
The history of Johnny Quae Genus, the little foundling of the late Doctor Syntax / a poem, by the author of the three tours i.e. William Combe. With coloured plates by T. Rowlandson

London: Published by R. Ackerman, 1822.
Tooley 413; Abbey 'Life in England' 268; Prideaux p.332.
London: Published by R. Ackerman, 1822.

Clean copy of this FIRST EDITION with 24 wood cut plates by Rowlandson. Single line of gilt rule to boards; black morocco title label with gilt lettering; repeat gilt motif in spine compartments; marbled endpapers; speckled edges; worn at the hinges, and head and tail of spine; rebacked. 8vo. Full diced brown calf. Originally issued in eight monthly parts, each part with 3 coloured plates and 32pp of text by Combe. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Quae Genus on his Journey to London. 2. Quae Genus in search of Service. 3. Quae Genus reading to Sir Jeffery Gourmond. 4. Quae Genus at Oxford. 5. Conflict between Quae Genus and Lawyer Gripe-All. 6. Quae Genus at a Sheep-Shearing. 7. Quae Genus assisting a Traveller. 8. Quae Genus in the Sports of the Kitchen. 9. Quae Genus in the Service of Sir Jeffery Gourmand. 10. Quae Genus with a Quack Doctor. 11. QuaecGenus with a Spendthrift. 12. Quae Genus attends on a Sporting Finale. 13. Quae Genus in the Service of a Miser. 14. Quae Genus & the Money-Lenders. 15. Quae Genus officiating at a Gaming House. 16. Quae Genus with a Portrait Painter. 17. Quae Genus gives a grand Party. 18. Quae Genus interupts a Tete a Tete. 19. Quae Genus commited with a riotous dancing Party, to the Watch-House. 20. Quae Genus engaged with jovial Friwnds: Or -- Who sings best? 21. The Party breaking up, and Quae Genus breaking down. 22. Quae Genus turned out of a house which he mistakes for his own. 23. Quae Genus & Creditors. 24. Quae Genus discovers his Father.