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[COOMBE (William)]
[COOMBE (William)] The Grand Master or Adventures of Qui Hi ? Hindostan,  A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos by Quiz, Thomas Tegg, 1816
handcoloured folding frontis. laid down, engraved title and 26 handcoloured plates by Thomas Rowlandson, x + 252 pp. errata slip at end, p30 cancelled, p.74 misnumberED, 8vo. full maroon morocco by Riviere, aeg, some slight wear at joints,
William Coombe (1742-1823), the Eton contemporary of Charles James Fox and William Beckford, after and early life as an adventurer, settled in to later life as a debtor and publishers hack. His was courted for his charming personality and inexhaustable fund of anecdotes. In this "Poem" in the manner of Samuel Butler he caricatures the Dance of Death in the East India Company's service. Daniell wrote aptly of this period in his "Picturesque Voyage to India", that "the shores of Asia have been invaded by a race of students with no rapacity but for lettered relics; by naturalists whose cruelty extends not to one human inhabitant; by philosophers ambitious only for the extirpation of error, and the diffusion of truth",

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