"ALL GOLDSMITH'S WORK IS LIKE A TAPESTRY… THREADED THROUGH WITH GLOWING IMAGES AND TENDER BEAUTY"
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Citizen of the World. London: J.M. Dent, 1891. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century full brown crushed morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, uncut and entirely unopened. $450.
Deluxe limited illustrated edition, number 7 of only 200 large-paper copies finely printed at the Chiswick Press, with six lovely mounted etchings by Herbert Railton, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt.
“All Goldsmith’s work is like a tapestry… threaded through with glowing images and tender beauty” (Kunitz & Haycraft, 228). Goldsmith originally published this popular and long-running series of witty, satirical sketches of English society in John Newbery's Public Ledger between January 1760 and August 1761; they appeared collected in book form in 1762.
A lovely, wide-margined copy in fine condition.