The History of Johnny Quae Genus, the Little Foundling of the Late Doctor Syntax: A poem, by the author of the three tours [William Combe]. [Illustrated with 24 hand-coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson.] First edition, 8vo, 25cm, , 268p, 24 aquatints, London: Published by R.Ackermann, At the Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, 1822.
Original pink cloth, grained and decorated in blind, spine ruled and titled in gilt, gold top, other edges uncut, yellow endpapers, armorial bookplate of Hon. John Wayland Leslie. Just slightly rubbed at extremities, but a very good to fine copy.
"In 1822 Ackermann produced The History of Johnny Quae Genus, the little Foundling of the late Dr. Syntax. The text by Combe was illustrated with twenty-four coloured aquatints by Rowlandson. The introduction gives the best clue as to the nature of the contents: 'The Favor which has been bestowed on the different tours of Dr Syntax has encouraged the writer of them to give a 'History of the Foundling', who has been thought an interesting object in the latter of these volumes, and it is written in the same style and manner with a view to connect it with them. The child of chance, it is presumed, is led though a track of life not unsuited to the peculiarity of his condition and character, while its varieties, as in the former works, are represented by the pencil of Mr Rowlandson with its characteristic felicity. The idea of an English Gil Blas predominated through the whole of the volume." (Hardie)