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The Vicar of Wakefield

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The Vicar of Wakefield

by Goldsmith, Oliver [Rackham, Arthur]

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London: George G. Harrap and Company, 1929. Limited Edition. Vellum. Very good. Signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham, the limited edition of The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.. Quarto, 232pp. Full vellum binding, title in gilt on spine and front cover. Top edge gilt. Slight bow to covers, faintly toned. Professionally cleaned, with cosmetic improvements along spine. Complete with 12 full page color plates, including frontispiece. (Riall, p.170) (Latimore and Haskell, p.65) From a limited edition of 575 copies for sale in England, this being number 244. Signed by the illustrator, Arthur Rackham, on the limitation page.


"The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity." When Dr Primrose loses his fortune in a disastrous investment, his idyllic life in the country is shattered and he is forced to move with his wife and six children to an impoverished living on the estate of Squire Thornhill. Taking to the road in pursuit of his daughter, who has been seduced by the rakish Squire, the beleaguered Primrose becomes embroiled in a series of misadventures – encountering his long-lost son in a travelling theatre company and even spending time in a debtor’s prison. Yet Primrose, though hampered by his unworldliness and pride, is sustained by his unwavering religious faith. In The Vicar of Wakefield , Goldsmith gently mocks many of the literary conventions of his day – from pastoral and romance to the picaresque – infusing his story of a hapless clergyman with warm humour and amiable social satire. In his introduction, Stephen Coote discusses Goldsmith’s eventful life, the literary devices used in the novel, and its central themes of Christianity, justice and the family. This edition also includes a bibliography and notes.


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The Vicar of Wakefield
Goldsmith, Oliver [Rackham, Arthur]
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Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...
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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Top Edge Gilt
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