EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF GOLDSMITH'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Poetical Works. New York and London: (Chiswick Press), circa 1895. 12mo, contemporary full crimson morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and covers with floral designs incorporating blue, green and white morocco inlays, green morocco-gilt doublures with red morocco inlays in a floral design, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. $1100.
Later Aldine edition of Oliver Goldsmith's poems, with portrait of the poet and extra-illustrated with five window-mounted engravings, two hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs.
"All Goldsmith’s work is like a tapestry… threaded through with glowing images and tender beauty" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 228). This edition includes some of Goldsmith’s most famous poems such as "The Deserted Village," "The Traveller," "The Hermit," and many more. Includes John Mitford's Life of Goldsmith. The "Aldine" edition of British poets, first brought out by the publisher William Pickering beginning in 1830, aimed to introduce scholarly editions of the classics in a smaller, more affordable format.
A splendidly bound, extra-illustrated volume in fine condition.