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Goldsmith, Oliver; William Mulready, illus.  The vicar of Wakefield. London: John van Voorst, 1843. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.77"). xv, [1], 306, [6 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
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One of the most beloved novels of the 18th century, here in a 19th-century edition with => 32 illustrations provided by William Mulready, "the most distinguished talent of British Art applicable to this purpose . . ." (p. v). This marks the first appearance of Mulready's designs, wood-engraved by John Thompson.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Walter George Crombie; front free endpaper with inked gift inscription to M.A. Moore "from her brother George," dated 1843. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 62. Publisher's brick-colored cloth, covers with blind-stamped arabesque motifs, spine with gilt-stamped title; somewhat cocked and shaken with front hinge (inside) tender, spine sunned and with losses to cloth at extremities, sides with small spots of discoloration and one half-inch inkblot to rear one. Pages gently age-toned with occasional faint smudges. => A classic, in original binding, engravings inviting.  (41047)   Please RESHELVE This.


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