London: Printed for B. Blake, 1815. Item #02652
In The Original Printed Boards
The First Dr. Syntax Imitation
[ROWLANDSON, Thomas, in the style of]. [COMBE, William, imitation of]. The Adventures of Doctor Comicus, or the Frolicks of Fortune. A Comic Satirical Poem for the Squeamish & the Queer. In Twelve Cantos, by a Modern Syntax. London: Printed for B. Blake. n.d. .
First edition. Octavo (8 7/8 x 5 1/4 in; 226 x 133 mm). , 269,  pp. Fifteen hand-colored engraved plates including frontispiece and extra-title in the style of Rowlandson.
Original printed boards uncut. Neatly rebacked preserving original spine label, new endpapers. Corners a little bumped and creased. Chemised and housed within a later quarter red morocco slipcase.
Scarce in original boards.
The first of many imitations of Combe's Dr. Syntax. Another edition was published in 1820 with only twelve colored plates. Reissued in 1828 by Jaques & Wright using the same sheets as the first edition but with their name and later date to titlepage.
Abbey, Life 255. Tooley 431. Prideaux, p. 334.