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GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1730?--1774)
[The Roman history. 1769]
The Roman history, from the foundation of the city of Rome, to the destruction of the western empire. By Dr. Goldsmith. In two volumes. ...
London: printed for S. Baker and G. Leigh; T. Davies; and L. Davis, 1769.
2 vols ; 21.2 cm. (8º)
I: [2], x, 487, [15] p.
II: [2], v, [1], 501, xi p.

In 1767 Goldsmith was commissioned to write a Roman history, for which the bookseller Tom Davies offered him 250 guineas. It appeared in May 1769, and its pleasant style gave it a popularity and commercial success not earned by any severe research. Though he earned a living by producing books on order for his publishers, as Johnson said in his epitaph, he adorned whatever he touched. ESTC t146144.

Copy Notes A copy of 'Goldsmiths Rome 2 vols.', edition unspecified, was bought from Thomas Boone for 12s. on 4 March 1807. (Spiers Box). Volume II has a list of Emperors down to Constantine annotated by Soane with regnal numbers and some page references and years inscribed in ink on rectos of front free-endpapers, and a page reference to Petus and Arria on rear free-endpaper.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red and black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 755


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