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Deserted village

Goldsmith, Oliver

ISBN 10: 0904984354 / ISBN 13: 9780904984354
Published by London 1770., 1770
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The deserted village, a poem. London: printed for W. Griffin, 1770. vii(1), 23 pp. 4to, full red crushed levant, inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g., by Zaehnsdorf; in a brown morocco solander case.First edition. One of the very rare copies printed on thick paper, or perhaps more properly, fine paper; the sheets are quite obviously of a much higher quality than is found in normal copies, and have a Strassburg Bend and Lilly/LVG watermark. Both the Rothschild and Tinker copies are on ordinary paper, though the Tinker catalogue mentions the existence of thick-paper copies; Iolo Williams speaks of "large paper" copies, but this is really a misnomer, as the two variants are more or less equal in size. The only other thick-paper copy we can locate quickly was in the Kern sale; we cannot recall ever having seen one before, and the difference in paper quality is too marked to be overlooked. Years ago it was thought that the various duodecimo printings of this celebrated poem, all dated 1770, were trial editions, published prior to the authorized quarto (cf. the Hayward catalogue); these were, however, subsequently shown to be merely piracies. This is Goldsmith's most famous poem; the last four lines were written by Samuel Johnson. With the book label of H. Bradley Martin. A most desirable copy, in fine condition, complete with half-title; first issue, with the erroneous catchword "Careless" on p. 9. Rothschild 1032; Courtney, p. 113; Hayward 184. Bookseller Inventory # B4338

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Title: Deserted village

Publisher: London 1770.

Publication Date: 1770

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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Excerpt from The Deserted Village, Traveler, and Miscellaneous Poems

Ir is highly creditable to Dr. Goldsmith, that, in all his wonks, he has made genius subservient to morality.

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Oliver Goldsmith is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska.

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