The Vicar of Wakefield.

The Vicar of Wakefield.
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Chiswick: C. Whittingham, 1822. 12mo., viii, 215 pp., engraved title vignette and illustrations in text. Contemporary polished purple calf, blind- and gilt-stamped, raised bands with gilt decorations and lettering, gilt dentelles, marbled edges and endpapers. Very bright internally, with minor foxing; very good copy. Contemporary gift inscription in ink dated 1831 on first fly leaf, ink owner signature on second fly leaf dated 1861. Chiswick edition with illustrations by John Thompson. First published in March 1766 by Benjamin Collins of Salisbury. The initial reception was mixed, many questioned the narrative structure but praised the genuine depiction of nature and domestic life. Details the romantic intrigues in the family of a country vicar in eighteenth century England. Two of Goldsmith's best-known poems, “Edwin and Angelina,” “An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog,” and the song “When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly” appeared in this novel. Oxford DNB. OCLC 710326963. (Item Id: 105999)

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