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Goldsmith, Oliver; Myles Birket Foster, illus. The poetical works. London: Cundall & Addey (pr. by Thompson & Davidson), 1851. 8vo (18 cm, 7.08"). Frontis., xvi, 134, [2 (adv.)] pp.; illus. $250.00
The ever-popular works of Goldsmith, here => illustrated with 30 engravings done by John Absolon, Birket Foster, James Godwin, and Harrison Weir.
Provenance: Birket Foster's copy, presented by the publisher. Front free endpaper inscribed to Birket Foster, "with the publishers' compts." dated 1857; front pastedown with the artist's bookplate. The text and illustrations bear pencilled markings and annotations (mostly numerical), apparently => done by the artist. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Contemporary ribbon-embossed olive cloth, covers framed in blind-stamped flower and stem motifs, spine with same motif and title in gilt; spine and upper edges sunned to brown, extremities rubbed. Back pastedown with binder's ticket of Bone & Son. Pages gently age-toned, with pencilled markings as above; last few signatures unopened and two leaves with short edge tears. => An "association copy" of real interest. (41893) Please RESHELVE This.
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