The Poetical & Prose Works of Oliver Goldsmith (1800s)

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The Poetical & Prose Works of Oliver Goldsmith (1800s)

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Title: The Poetical & Prose Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Author: Oliver Goldsmith

Publisher: Gall & Inglis, Edinburgh. No date, most likely mid-late 1800s.

Condition: Embossed leather, bright gilt to all edges. Very good. Slight rubbing to hinge and top of spine. Slight foxing to text. With 8 tissue-guarded steel engravings. 560pp, 6.5″ by 4″.

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About Oliver Goldsmith (from Wikipedia):

Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1730 – 4 April 1774) was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur’d Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children’s tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase “goody two-shoes”.

Excerpt from The Deserted Village:

Sunk are thy bowers in shapeless ruin all,
And the long grass o’ertops the mouldering wall;
And trembling, shrinking from the spoiler’s hand,
Far, far away thy children leave the land
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay (lines 47–52)
… The man of wealth and pride
Takes up a space that many poor supplied;
Space for his lake, his park’s extended bounds,
Space for his horses, equipage, and hounds:
The robe that wraps his limbs in silken sloth
Has robbed the neighbouring fields of half their growth (lines 275–300)