11 - 13 July 2000
GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1728-1774). The Vicar of Wakefield. A Tale Supposed to be Written by Him. Chiswick: The Caradoc Press, 1903. 8° (207 x 140mm).
Printed in red and black. Portrait frontispiece. Decorative double-page opening to text, decorative initials to each chapter. A Cosway-style binding in later brown morocco gilt by Bayntun (Riviere), upper cover with inset original oval portrait miniature of Goldsmith, the miniature surrounded with gilt-tooled decoration of a looped single line contained within a single fillet, within an outer border of gilt-tooled massed intertwining semi-naturalistic foliage and flower-heads, the lower cover with a large central wreath of gilt-tooled intertwining foliage and flower-heads, the outer border a double-fillet, with a single flower-head and two leaves at each corner, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with repeat overall decoration employing the same flower and foliage motifs the covers, gilt turn-ins, watered-silk endleaves. LIMITED TO 374 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 181 OF 360 ON PAPER.
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