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Rowlandson Combe The Grand Master or Adventures of Qui-Hi 1816

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[Combe, William], The Grand Master, or Adventures of Qui-Hi? In Hindoustan. A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos by Quiz. London, Tegg, 1816. 28 plates by Rowlandson, 27 colored, 1 uncolored, signed luxurious binding in full red levant morocco, stamped “Bound by Rivière & Son”. Five raised bands. Magnificent fold-out frontispiece and illustrated title-page. Large 8vo. Richly gilt back, gilt edges. First edition.

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[Combe, William], The Grand Master, or Adventures of Qui-Hi? In Hindoustan. A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos by Quiz. London, Tegg, 1816. 28 plates by Rowlandson, 27 colored, 1 uncolored, signed luxurious binding in full red levant morocco, stamped “Bound by Rivière & Son”. Five raised bands. Magnificent fold-out frontispiece and illustrated title-page. Large 8vo. Richly gilt back, gilt edges. First edition. Front hinge cracked but holding. Off-setting from illustrations, as expected. Lacks cancel, errata. A fine copy.

Decorated spine of the book

Front cover of the book

Inside front cover showing extra-gilt decoration in gold and blue endpapers.

“Hindou Prejudices” with conversation balloons over the figures depicted in Rowlandson’s illustration.

Illustration of a group of men observing an eclipse, “An Extraordinary Eclipse.”

“The Modern Idol Jaggernaut,” showing a heavy wagon running over observers.

Detail of fold-out frontispiece of a magnificent elephant, showing labels of a political nature on the cloth under a howdah..

Title-page, hand-colored.

Fold-out hand-colored frontispiece shown in full of a tethered elephant, titled “A New Map of India According to the Latest Authority.”

 

 

 

William Combe - The Grand Master, or Adventures of Qui Hi? - 1816

Hand-colored illustration, a caricature of domestic servants, “Miseries in India.”.

 

William Combe - The Grand Master or Adventures of Qui Hi? - 1816

Hand-colored illustration, “Hindou Incantations a View in Elephanta.”

Canto I of the poem.

“Invocation to Butler,”

Page 2 of “The Grand Master.”

Preface to the Reader.