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COMBE, William.
The Tour of Doctor Prosody, in Search of the Antique and Picturesque Through Scotland, The Hebrides, The Orkney and Shetland Isles, illustrated by Twenty Humorous Plates

This book is a satire on Samuel Johnson"s Tour of the Hebrides. Very likely to be a 'knock off' of the hugely popular Dr. Syntax trilogy, with additional inspiration presumably coming from Boswell's account of his tour of Scotland in the company of Samuel Johnson.

London: Matthew Iley, 1821.
Tooley 433 (Rowlandson); Abbey Life 277.
London: Matthew Iley, 1821.

FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf by Riviere five raised bands gilt decoration to spine panels with a red leather label with gilt titles. Gilt-lined edges of boards with floral inner dentils expertly rebacked. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of John Croft Deverell on front pastedown bookplate of Hugh Gwynne Levick and Agnes Burwell Levick on front free endpaper. PP251 with twenty hand-coloured engraved plates. Occasional light spotting, slightly rubbed - humorous colourful plates notable binding and interesting provenance. Coloured plates in order: 1. Doctor Prosody doing Pennance on Drunken Island - Loch Lomond. 2. Dr. Prosody arrives in the vicinity of Edinburgh. 3. Doctor Prosody clears up the Antiquities of Iona. 4. Doctor Prosody entertained after the manner of the ancients. 5. Doctor Prosody discovers a curious relic of antiquity. 6. Doctor Prosody visits the Scottish Regalia. 7. Doctor Prosody reproves the audacity of a highland host. 8. Doctor Prosody tries his friends at the Falls of the Clyde. 9. Doctor Prosody parading on Lochleven is challenged to name his chief. 10. Doctor Prosody taken for a poacher in the neighbourhood of Stirling. 11. Doctor Prosody's disaster in Ossian's Hall, Dunkeld. 12. Doctor Prosody in peril at Corryvreckan. 13. Doctor Prosody visits a Chieftan of the Isle of Mull. 14. Doctor Prosody proves the inconvenience of a timid companion at Staffa. 15. Doctor Prosody fishing for pearls in the Isle of Sky. 16. Doctor Factobend's recantation in the Bird Basket, St Kildd. 17. Doctor Prosody meets a highland wedding on the Caledonian Canal. 18. Doctor Prosody attacked by Soland Fowl in The Orkneys. 19. Doctor Prosody and the smugglers in The Shetlands 20. Doctor Prosody correcting his proof in a Printing Office,