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THE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East by  OLIVER GOLDSMITH - Hardcover - 1819 - from Back Lane Books (Member of IOBA) (SKU: 001738)

THE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East

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THE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East

by GOLDSMITH, OLIVER

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The Citizen Of The World, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East, Goldsmith, Oliver. Published by Chiswick Press of C. Whittingham, College House, London, Edinburgh, 1819. Two Volumes. 255, 258 pp. Size: 24mo up to 5½" tall. Leather over marbled boards, spines in five compartment separated by gilt borders, spine titles in gilt on 2 red labels. Marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Reading ribbon Volume 2. Personal library label on pastedown; small book dealer's label versus of free endpaper. Foxing to preliminaries pages including title page; remainder clean. No markings, tears or folds, binding firm. Boards have rubbing along spine edge. A lovely set. Originally issued in 1762 under title "Citizen of the world; or, Letters from a Chinese philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East." Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) 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 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". In 1760 Goldsmith began to publish a series of letters in the Public Ledger under the title The Citizen of the World. Purportedly written by a Chinese traveler in England named Lien Chi. Goldsmith used this fictional outsider's perspective to comment ironically on British society and manners. It was inspired by the earlier essay series Persian Letters by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. Critics note that this is an early precursor to the modern short story.

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Bookseller
Back Lane Books (Member of IOBA) CA (CA)
Bookseller Inventory #
001738
Title
THE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his friends in the East
Author
GOLDSMITH, OLIVER
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - See Notes
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Chiswick Press of C. Whittingham
Place of Publication
London, Edinburgh
Date published
1819
Bookseller catalogs
ART, HISTORY AND POLITICS, ART; LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY; RARE AND COLLECTIBLE;
Size
24mo - over 5 - 5�" tall
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About Back Lane Books (Member of IOBA)

Welcome! BACK LANE BOOKS is home to thousands of carefully selected antiquarian, rare and used books. Visitors are welcome - please phone ahead to make an appointment. I strive to provide accurate descriptions of each listing and I always include my own photographs of the item for sale. Appraisals are also available. Colleen Croft.backlanebooks@gmail.com www.backlanebooks.com 604 209-5072

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