Charles. Tom Raw, the griffin: A burlesque poem, in twelve
cantos. By a civilian and an officer of the Bengal Establishment. London: R. Ackermann,
1828. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.75"). , vii, , 325, [1 (blank)] pp.; 25 col. plts.
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First edition of this cheerful satire about the misadventures of a bumpkin set loose in Calcutta. The poem was published anonymously but is generally attributed to Sir Charles D’Oyly, who served in the East India Company for over 40 years.
The DNB notes that this work, illustrated with25 hand-colored aquatints, may be “more meritorious from an artistic than a literary point of view”; the images are certainly entertaining, depicting Tom’s woes while dancing at a ball, mistaking “a French milliner for a Hindoo goddess,” mounting an elephant for the first time, hunting a tiger, etc. The plates are watermarked 1826.
Binding: Full red morocco,
covers framed in gilt triple fillets, spine gilt extra, gilt inner dentelles.
All edges gilt. Signed binding by Riviere & Son.
Abbey, Travel, 450; not in NCBEL. On D’Oyly,
see: Dictionary of National Biography. Binding as above, corners and
joints slightly rubbed, head of spine and lower edge of front cover each with
nick. Pages age-toned, with some instances of faint spotting; one plate with
small spot in outer margin. An
all-around marvelous production in an attractive copy.
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