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THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD; A TALE, BY DOCTOR GOLDSMITH by  Oliver [Thomas ROWLANDSON] GOLDSMITH - First Edition - 1817 - from Charles Agvent and Biblio.co.uk

THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD; A TALE, BY DOCTOR GOLDSMITH

by GOLDSMITH, Oliver [Thomas ROWLANDSON]

Condition: Leaves a bit dust-soiled along edges, occasional very light scattered soiling to leaves and plates which are generally clean. Ru


London: R. Ackermann, 1817. First Edition. leather. Leaves a bit dust-soiled along edges, occasional very light scattered soiling to leaves and plates which are generally clean. Rubbing to the front joint of this attractive binding, slightly to the rear; raised bands rubbed with one damaged; covers firm. Very Good. Thomas Rowlandson. Large octavo (9" x 10") in late nineteenth-century full olive morocco by Riviere, covers and spine tooled in compartments with gilt floral ornaments, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt, burgundy endpapers. The First Rowlandson Edition with 24 lovely hand-colored aquatints by the artist. Complete with the Introduction leaf, the Advertisement leaf, and the two Memoir leaves. Prideaux, page 138. Tooley, 436.


"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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