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The Vicar of Wakefield by  Oliver GOLDSMITH - First Edition - 1886 - from Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA and Biblio.com

The Vicar of Wakefield

by GOLDSMITH, Oliver

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London: John C. Nimmo, 1886. Hardcover. Prefatory memoir by George Saintsbury. Illustrations by V.A. Poirson. Small 4to. Fall polished green calf with gilt rules, compartments, gilt spine lettering and decorations, inner dentelles. xvi, 291pp, 23pp ads. All edges gilt. Numerous small color illustrations, marbled endpapers. Very good. Spine slightly sunned to a golden color; hinges a tad delicate but holding. First of this illustrated edition. Superb copy of this scarce, lovingly illustrated edition -- custom bound, with the original brown decorated cloth spine and cloth front and rear panels bound in at rear.

"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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