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Goldsmith, Oliver. The traveller, the deserted village, and other poems. London: John Sharpe, 1825. 16mo (14.2 cm, 5.6"). Add. engr. t.-p., 166,  pp.; 5 plts. $100.00
An elegant little illustrated edition, including "The Hermit," "The Haunch of Venison," "The Clown's Reply," "Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog," and a number of others in addition to the beloved titular pieces. While the main title-page here gives 1825 as the publication date, the added engraved title-page is dated 1827, as seen in other copies. William Greatbatch engraved the six plates (including the above title-page) after designs by Richard Westall.
Binding: Publisher's very dark green (nearly black) sheep in imitation of morocco, covers each with blind-stamped acanthus leaf frame surrounding central gilt-stamped lyre; spine with gilt-stamped title and decorative motif, turn-ins with gilt roll, all edges gilt.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with early inked inscription of Emily Mahon, dated 1835. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
NSTC 2G12253. Bound as above, spine sunned with joints and corners rubbed; front hinge (inside) slightly tender, light lilac endpapers faded. Pages gently age-toned; plates with light to moderate foxing. => A nice little book, with clear, dark impressions of the illustrations. (41043) Please RESHELVE This.
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