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GOLDSMITH, Oliver 1728-1774 :  THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A TALE.

GOLDSMITH, Oliver 1728-1774 : THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A TALE.

London : Suttaby, Evance & Fox, and Baldwin, Craddock & Joy, 1820. A most attractively bound pocket edition of Goldsmith’s great classic, originally published in 1766. “There are a hundred faults in this thing; and a hundred things might be said to prove them beauties; but it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity” (Oliver Goldsmith).
Pott 12mo (126 x 65mm). iv,188pp. Engraved frontispiece and vignette title engraved by John Romney (1786-1863) from designs by Thomas Stothard R.A. (1755-1834). Full contemporary tree calf, richly gilt; sprinkled edges; some minor wear; tiny split at head; endleaves a little paste discoloured; label removed from front free endpaper; some internal spotting, but overall a very good copy. Inscription at front reading “Diligence & Attention & Order”.

£50

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STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

London : for J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Murray [and others], 1793. A handsome early collected edition of Sterne, comprising “Tristram Shandy”, “A Sentimental Journey”, three volumes of sermons and two of letters, as well as “A Fragment in the Manner of Rabelais” and “The History of a Watch-Coat”, together with his own memoir of his life and family.
Ten volumes. Crown 8vo (175 x 112mm). Engraved portraits of both Sterne and his daughter Lydia, his daughter shown sitting beside the Nollekens bust of her father, engraved by James Caldwall from a painting by Benjamin West. Plates. Marbled leaf. Bound in a most attractive contemporary tree calf, prettily gilt and with contrasting red and green labels; lemon edges; some minor rubbing, a few slight marks and minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good and clean set with an attractive provenance. From the library of Fasque Castle, with the Fasque bookplates and ownership inscriptions, dated Liverpool 1798, of (Sir) John Gladstone (1764-1851). Gladstone was the father of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) and this set would have formed part of the household furniture among which the four-times prime minister grew up.

£750

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