(Philadelphia: David McKay Company, [, 1929]). 267 x 206 mm. (10 1/2 x 8 1/8"). No. 95 OF 200 COPIES for America (and 575 for England) SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.
Very attractive red three-quarter morocco, gilt (stamp-signed "Putnams" along front turn-in), raised bands, spine handsomely gilt in compartments formed by plain and decorative rules, quatrefoil centerpiece surrounded by densely scrolling cornerpieces, sides and endleaves of rose-colored linen, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed and mostly UNOPENED. 12 COLOR PLATES BY RACKHAM (including the frontispiece) as well as five full-page and several smaller illustrations in the text. Hudson, p. 171; Latimore & Haskell, p. 65. Front board with insignificant small, round spot to cloth, but A FINE COPY, unusually bright and clean inside and out, with almost no signs of use.
Written in 1761-62 but not published until four years later, "The Vicar of Wakefield" was said to have been rescued from some of Goldsmith's unpublished manuscripts by Dr. Johnson, who thus saved the penniless author from imprisonment by selling it to a publisher for £60. Considered to be the masterpiece of the middle-class domestic novel, the "Vicar" has never gone out of style because its whimsically delineated characters have a delightful simplicity that somehow insulates them against ultimate misfortune, and the innocent and virtuous are rewarded, as they should be, in the end. The total number of volumes of the present edition that featured our special pictorial binding is unknown, but it cannot be a great many. (ST11778m)
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