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GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1730?--1774)
The vicar of Wakefield, a tale. By Oliver Goldsmith, M.B. Two volumes in one. With the life of the author. Cooke's edition. Embellished with superb engravings.
London: printed for C. Cooke, by R. McDonald, and sold by all the booksellers in the United Kingdom, [1810].
xv, [1], 180, 2, [2] p., add. engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., port., [2] pl. ; 14.4 cm. (12º)

Additional engraved title-plate reads 'Vicar of Wakefield, forming part of Cooke's Pocket Edition of Select Novels, or Novelist's Entertaining Library containing a Complete Collection of Universally Approved Adventures Tales &c by the Most Esteem'd Authors, Superbly Embellished', dated 1810. The engraved frontispiece is also dated 1810. The portrait frontispiece is engraved by E. Mackenzie after Sir Joshua Reynolds; of the other plates, one is engraved by Anker Smith, the others by J. Chapman after R. Corbould, and they bear the page references dating from their appearance in earlier editions. The two final leaves contain a 'Plan Of Cooke's Uniform, Cheap, and Elegant Pocket Library, ...' (2 pp.) and a 'List Of The Works Already Published ...' ([2] pp.). The publisher Charles Cooke extended the formula of illustrated pocket editions previously used by John Bell in his Poets of Great Britain series (109 vols, 1776--82) to publish series of uniform pocket editions in other genres such as 'British Classics', 'Sacred Classics', poetry and plays, all 'Superbly Embellished'.

Copy Notes Front pastedown inscribed in pencil 4/4.

Binding Contemporary C19th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, black and red leather spine-labels. Uniform with other volumes of Cooke's Pocket Editions in the Soane Museum.

Reference Number 739


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