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Creator:
Combe, William, 1742-1823.
Title(s):

The English dance of death / from the designs of Thomas Rowlandson ; with metrical illustrations, by the author of "Doctor Syntax." Vol. I[-II]

Published/Created:
London : Printed by J. Diggens, St. Anne's Lane : 1815-1816.
Physical Description:
2 v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR3359.C5 E54 1815+ Copy 1 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR3359.C5 E54 1815+ Copy 2 Oversize
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Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR3359.C5 E54 1815+ Copy 3 Oversize
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Originally published in 24 monthly parts, 1814-1816.
Added engraved title-page in v. 1 has colored vignette & imprint: London, Published March 1. 1816, by R. Ackermann, 101 Strand.
Plates are hand-colored aquatints.
"Published originally in 24 monthly numbers (3 plates to each part) and on completion issued in two volumes, royal octavo, boards, for 3 guineas. The text is by William Combe."--Cf. Tooley.
In one state, the words "Introductory dialogue" on p. [1] of v. 1 are set in hollow roman capitals, & the 1st line of the poem has the reading: "Father Time! 'tis well we're met" ; in another state the words "Introductory dialogue" are set in solid roman capitals, and the 1st line of the poem has the reading:" "Father Time! 'tis well we are met".
May have been issued to accompany "Dance of Life."
Hamilton, H.W. Doctor Syntax, p. 307
Tooley, R.V. English books with coloured plates, 1790-1860, 411
Abbey, J.R. Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 263
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 is the Abbey copy. Original publisher's orange cloth binding. Abbey cites this copy as "a perfect example of a remainder copy of the first edition, being bound up c. 1840". Bookplate: Rousdon, Devon. Bookseller's ticket on preliminary paste-down: T. Southeran, Bookseller, Stationer, &c., 10, Little Tower Street. The Abbey copy is cased with and similarly bound with: Dance of life: a poem, by the author of "Doctor Syntax." London : R. Ackermann, 1817.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 is in 3 volumes. V. 1 and 2 contain text and illustrations. V. 1 contains an added engraved t.p. and a preliminary half-title leaf. V. 3 contains the original light brown paper covers, as issued monthly, Apr. 1814-Mar. 1816. Also contains a prospectus and publisher's advertisements. Bound in gilt-stamped smooth calf binding. Leather bookplate: Ex Libris Alfred Nathan. Binder's stamp: Bound by Riviere & Son.
BAC: British Art Center copy 3 is in 24 original monthly parts. Original light brown paper covers, as issued monthly
Subject Terms:
Dance of death -- Poetry.
Dance of death in art.
Dance of death.
Diggens, J. -- Printer.
Nathan, Alfred -- Bookplate.
R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts -- Publisher.
Riviere & Son -- Bookbinder.
Rousoon, -- Bookplate.
Southeran, T. -- Bookseller.
Form/Genre:
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1815-1916.
Contributors:
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, ill.
Ackermann, Rudolph, 1764-1834, publisher.
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