The Vicar of Wakefield.
Including John Forster's Essay on the Story, and Containing Thirteen Facsimile Illustrations in Colour by John Massey, a Pupil of Thomas Stothard.London: Adam & Charles Black, 1903 Stock Code: 139010
An attractive copyDeluxe edition, number 56 of 250 copies signed by the publisher, this copy in a striking and unusual arts and crafts binding, perhaps the work of the Guild of Women Binders, though unmarked, exhibiting their adventurous style. Goldsmith's masterpiece was first published in 1766.
Quarto. Finely bound in contemporary red full morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, front board with central panel of floral motifs in orange and foliate motifs in green sheep onlays, floral motif tooled in blind to spine and rear board, single gilt ruling frames to boards and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gauffered in gilt and red, others untrimmed.
Colour frontispiece and 12 similar plates, all with captioned tissue-guards.
Bookseller's ticket (R. D. Steedman from Newcastle) to front pastedown. Discreet colour restoration to extremities, the binding otherwise bright and firm, offsetting to free endpapers as often, faint scattered foxing, else internally unmarked and untoned; a very good copy.
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