London: R. Ackermann, 1823. Item #02635
Rowlandson Does The Vicar
And The Vicar's In Great Condition
[ROWLANDSON, Thomas, illustrator]. GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield; A Tale by Doctor Goldsmith. Illustrated With Twenty-Four Designs by Thomas Rowlandson. London: R. Ackermann, 1823.
[Second Edition]. A reissue, originally published with Rowlandson's plates in 1817. Octavo (9 1/2 x 5 7/8 in; 242 x 149 mm). , 254 pp. Twenty-four hand-colored aquatint plates.
Publisher's original blindstamped cloth with gilt lettered and decorated spine. Top edge gilt. With the bookplate of F. Reddaway. Neat inked signature to front free endpaper. Small dark spot to lower board, mild offsets from engravings, otherwise internally fresh, crisp, and clean. A fine, gilt-bright and tight copy. Housed in a later cloth drop-front box.
The Vicar of Wakefield was written in 1761 and 1762, published in 1766, and was one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. The novel is mentioned in George Eliot's Middlemarch; Jane Austen's Emma; Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins; Charlotte Brontë's The Professor and Villette; Louisa May Alcott's Little Women; and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, as well as his Dichtung und Wahrheit.