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Goldsmith, Oliver, & Thomas Parnell.  Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell. London: W. Bulmer / Shakespeare Printing Office, 1804. 8vo (25.1 cm; 9.875"). xxvii, [3], 68 pp., [5] leaves of plates.
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From the same ambitious publisher, a reimpression of the 1795 edition of these poems with => five full-page plates and eight wood-engraved illustrations by Thomas and John Bewick. Goldsmith contributed "The Traveller" and "The Deserted Village" and Parnell "The Hermit"; the original printing's Lives of Goldsmith and Parnell (and a reprinting of the "advertisement" of the 1795 edition) are present also.
        This is the book that in its first edition helped establish Goldsmith's reputation, pre–The Vicar of Wakefield; the now less-known Parnell was a clergyman as well as a poet who often collaborated with close friends Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Thomas Bewick, of course, was a celebrity during his lifetime and is still celebrated as the foremost engraver of his time and one of the greatest of all time; his brother, at the original time of this publication, was his foremost collaborator.
        Provenance: Bookplate on front pastedown engraved with the Duke of Bedford's family motto, "Che sara sara," and the dated name of the family seat, "Woburn Abbey, 1873." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Dobson, Thomas Bewick and His Pupils, pp. 70–86; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 50. Half red morocco with textured cloth sides, gilt title to spine, and marbled endpapers; corners and joints rubbed, endpapers and first and last few leaves foxed with occasional such spotting or the occasional limited stain elsewhere. => A beautiful production.  (37635)   Please RESHELVE This.


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