"ALL GOLDSMITH'S WORK IS LIKE A TAPESTRY… THREADED THROUGH WITH GLOWING IMAGES AND TENDER BEAUTY"
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Works… Edited by Peter Cunningham. London: John Murray, 1854, 1878. Four volumes. Octavo, contemporary full tan calf gilt, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, red and brown morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $1200.
Lovely set of Cunningham’s esteemed edition of Goldsmith’s works, with vignette title-pages.
"All Goldsmith's work is like a tapestry… threaded through with glowing images and tender beauty" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 228). "Mr. Cunningham, whose scrupulous exactness is generally known, has furnished the first complete and accurate reprint of Goldsmith. Numerous errors which had crept into previous editions are corrected, omitted passages are restored, and entire pieces have been added" (Allibone, 461). Includes The Vicar of Wakefield, The Bee, poetical works, dramas, essays, reviews and extracts from other works. Bookplates.
A lovely set, beautifully bound by Cornish Brothers.