The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (Everyman's Library 1909)


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This is a good vintage bonded leather hardcover with dust jacket. 1909 Everyman's Library, this edition published in New York by Dutton & Co. This rare copy is in good condition. It is handsomely bound in bonded maroon leather with gold lettering and filigree. The pages are clean with no markings seen. The binding is good, pages are tight and straight but there is one spot between pages 96-97 where binding has been bent open leaving a crack to binding but pages are still tight. The attached silk ribbon book mark is worn and fraying at end but good as present. This copy also includes the original dust jacket issued by publisher. The dust jacket is good, showing wear at edges and corners with some tearing. Overall priced accordingly and good sturdy copy.

Everyman's Library published 450 volumes of English and translated classics of literature. The subtitle of this short novel is A Tale, Supposed to be Written by Himself. Originally published in 1766, it was a enormously popular novel among Victorians. Described as a sentimental novel, it focuses on the innate goodness of human beings. However, it can be interpreted as a satire as the vicar's values are not aligned with the real "sinful" world. Regardless, the novel is classic literature and has been mentioned in many literary classics that followed such as Elliot's Middlemarch, Austin's Emma, Shelley's Frankenstein, Dickens Tale of Two Cities and others.

This nice rare collectible is a wonderful addition to any literary library.

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