Lot 1445: Oliver Goldsmith THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD 1929 Illustrator-Signed Arthur Rackham Deluxe Limited Edition Literature Color Plates Vellum Binding Slipcase
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Vicar of Wakefield
Author: Oliver Goldsmith - Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel "The Vicar of Wakefield" (1766), his pastoral poem "The Deserted Village" (1770), and his plays "The Good-Natur'd Man" (1768) and "She Stoops To Conquer" (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote "An History of the Earth and Animated Nature." He is thought to have written the classic children's tale "The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes," the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes".
Publisher: George G. Harrap & Company Limited
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 232 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: "The Vicar of Wakefield" was one of the most popular and widely-read novels of the 18th century among Victorians (information courtesy of Wikipedia).
Condition / Notes: This is the deluxe limited edition of this title, being number 244 out of the 575 English issue copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham on the limitation page.
The volume is bound in full vellum, with gilt lettering and gilt ruling to the front cover and spine. Scattered foxing is visible to the vellum, heavier on the spine. The binding is sound, and the text block is adorned with a gilt top edge. The volume is ornamented with decorative pictorial endpapers and deckled-edged pages. Some page edges remain unopened. The interior of this volume is largely clean and bright, with some scattered foxing, mostly mild, becoming more prominent on plates and pages opposite plates. This volume is illustrated with twelve color plates, as well as 19 textual and full-page black and white illustrations by Rackham. This volume is housed in a navy cloth slipcase, which displays very faint moisture markings to the fore-edge.
This volume has been collated and is complete. There are 228 numbered pages, starting at 5, and continuing through 232. Plate 64 is mislabeled as 46.
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