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Vicar of Wakefield, The

Goldsmith, Oliver

Published by Macmillan & Co, London, 1890
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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A lovely volume of this 19th Century classic, hugely influential in its time. From Wikipedia: "In literary history books the "Vicar of Wakefield" is often described as a sentimental novel, which displays the belief in the innate goodness of human beings. But it can also be read as a satire on the sentimental novel and its values, as the vicar's values are apparently not compatible with the real "sinful" world. It is only with Sir William Thornhill's help that he can get out of his calamities. Moreover, an analogy can be drawn between Mr. Primrose's suffering and the Book of Job. This is particularly relevant to the question of why evil exists. As with all great fiction, though, The Vicar of Wakefield asks us to reflect on our own behavior - in this instance, how one acts in the face of adversity. Regardless of belief in God, Primrose's behavior broadly stresses the importance of acting well as its own means to an end. Things may not always work out - though they ultimately do for Primrose - but at least a person can adhere to correct values and good behavior in the process. Those who do usually end up in a good place." Contains 182 engravings by Hugh Thomson, with in inscription SIGNED by him. The inscription, to Austin Dobson, who wrote the preface, reads, "To Austin Dobson, as a slight acknowledgment of many kindnesses these illustrations are cordially inscribed, Hugh Thomson." I have looked at the signature under a magnifying glass, and it appears to be hand-written in ink, with a small inked line above it. Tissue guard to Frontis; a "rare, suppressed" illustration is on page 95. Slight wrinkle on front board, otherwise covered with graceful gill floral and bird decorations. Slight overbite to front board, but pages are intact. Rear board has slight indent on edge, and corners are whole and firm but two are slightly bumped. Six pages of advertisements at rear. Pages tight, all edges bright gilt. Dark green endpapers. Gift inscription (1890) on first white page. A handsome volume. Bookseller Inventory # 130620

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Title: Vicar of Wakefield, The

Publisher: Macmillan & Co, London

Publication Date: 1890

Binding: Hard Cover, with Gilt Letters

Illustrator: Hugh Thomson

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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