Rowlandson Ackermann 1818 color aquatint Library dreaming asleep flying booksBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
The Doctor's Dream.
(asleep dreaming in a personal library- antiquarian books).
Issued 1818, London, by Ackermann.
One of the classic images of the 19th century relating to a personal library. A scholarly man (Dr. Syntax) has fallen asleep and his dreams involve books flying around with human heads and mermaid tails, the open books serving as wings.
Fine antique hand-colored aquatint print.
Paper and image still overall clean, fresh and with a fine patina and visual appeal.
Sheet measures c. 6"H x 9 7/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 4 1/2"H x 7 1/4"W.