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The Vicar of Wakefield; With Thirty-Two Illustrations, By William Mulready, R.A.

The Vicar of Wakefield; With Thirty-Two Illustrations, By William Mulready, R.A.

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The Vicar of Wakefield; With Thirty-Two Illustrations, By William Mulready, R.A.

by Goldsmith, Oliver

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London: John Van Voorst, 1843. First Edition Thus. Leather bound. Near fine. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, published in 1843, with illustrations by William Mulready.. Octavo, xv, [1], 306pp. Full red morocco, title in gilt on spine, raised bands with gilt-ruled compartments. Trace of wear to spine, almost not worth noting. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers with gilt dentelle edges. Complete with 32 illustrations by Mulready. Bookplate of E.P. Gangewere, President of the Reading Railroad, affixed to front pastedown endpaper. A fine example.

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"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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Title
The Vicar of Wakefield; With Thirty-Two Illustrations, By William Mulready, R.A.
Author
Goldsmith, Oliver
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The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, published in 1843, with illustrations by William Mulready.
Format/Binding
Leather bound
Book Condition
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Edition
First Edition Thus
Publisher
John Van Voorst
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1843
Keywords
first edition Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield, poetical works goldsmith, the works of oliver goldsmith, arthur rackham, moral lectures goldsmith,

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