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Goldsmith, Oliver
A History of the Earth and Animated Nature; To Which are Added, The Life of the Author, His Deserted Village..
Thomas Kinnersley, 1825. Leather bound. One volume in two books (complete), quarto size, 958 pp. Very good +. Oliver Goldsmith (ca. 1728-1774) spent much of his life as a wastrel - just barely earning his BA from Trinity, flitting from studying theology to law to medicine, finally finding his stride as a writer for then-current periodicals. It would not be until he was hired by John Newbery (a bookseller and publisher) to write humorous pieces for an otherwise practical financial journal that he began to be critically regarded. Along the way he met and was befriended by the great Samuel Johnson, a then-rising literary light with the publication of his justly famous Dictionary in 1755; they would remain life-long friends, and it was Johnson who, when Goldsmith was (once again) in penury, sold the copyright of "The Vicar of Wakefield" for the princely sum of GBP 60. This book was finally published in 1766 to largely favourable reviews, although it would not become a best-seller until the Victorian era, with Thackerary referreing to Goldsmith as "the most beloved of writers" (n.b., quote and information from the online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). This work was vastly popular in its day; although Goldsmith had no specific training to bring, his popularity was such that it went through twenty editions from the time of its publication through the Victorian era. First published in 1774, the year of Goldsmith's death, this 1825 publication was put out in one volume (as stated on the title page); however, a prior owner wisely divided it into two books, each of a more m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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