The Deserted Village, A Poem: GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1728-1774) The Deserted Village, A Poem: GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1728-1774) The Deserted Village, A Poem: GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1728-1774)

The Deserted Village, A Poem

GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1728-1774)

Published by Printed for W. Griffin, at Garrick's Head, in Catharine street, Strand, London, 1770
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First Issue, with the erroneous catchword "Careless" for "Thus" on p. 9. 4to: vii,[1]-23[1]pp, with half-title (bulked at end with 22 blank leaves). Title page with engraved vignette by Isaac Taylor, "The Sad Historian on the Pensive Plain." With the half title stating, "Price 2s." Beautifully bound in full red recent morocco, spine with four raised bands ruled in gilt, black morocco lettering piece gilt, end papers and blanks (including 22 leaves at end to add bulk) renewed. Very minor light scratches to boards, else the handsome binding is tight and square. Half title soiled and toned, with tiny closed tear to center, very occasional faint spotting, final leaf with old neat patch repair to verso and tiny hole obliterating page number, else contents clean and bright. Rothschild 1032. Hayward 184 (for one of the duodecimos once thought to be privately printed trial issues, but which Todd ("The private issues of The deserted village," Studies in Bibliography, 6:25-44 1954 ) has now identified as unauthorized later printings). Sterling 405 (Exhibition in the Yale University Library of the Works of Oliver Goldsmith in Connection with the Bicentenary of His Birth). Tinker 1122. Courtney (Johnson), p. 113 ("The last four lines in Goldsmith's Deserted Village were by Johnson."). Temple Scott, pp. 238-252 (A "poem without which we should be poor indeed. . . . Such a demand for a poem [citing four authorized edition published within the first 30 days of first publication] passed all anticipations; it was never heard of in those days."). ESTC T146768. "Completed at some time in 1769, [and,] after at least six months of further revisions, The Deserted Village was finally published in 16 May 1770, as a quarto pamphlet, and six more editions appeared that same year. Nearly all the first reviews were favourable . . . Despite widespread resistance to its mourning the disruptive effects of enclosure [laws], The Deserted Village none the less gave fresh expression to the traditional form of elegy. Early readers admired the nostalgic descriptions of a vanished village life, with its vivid portraits of the preacher, the blacksmith, the schoolmaster, and the widow." (ODNB) "Goldsmith's The Deserted Village is not the greatest of the English elegies, but in its successful adjustment of serious Tory thought with gracious charm and in its successful redefinition of the pastoral elegy in terms of contemporary experience, Goldsmith's excellent and indispensable poetry may be said to deserve our admiration as well as our affection." (Miner, "The Making of The Deserted Village,' Huntington Library Quarterly Vol. 22, No. 2, p.141). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1384

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Title: The Deserted Village, A Poem

Publisher: Printed for W. Griffin, at Garrick's Head, in Catharine street, Strand, London

Publication Date: 1770

Binding: Morocco

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Edition: First Edition.

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