London: Pickering, 1831. Item #05136
A 1930s Cosway-Style Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith. London: William Pickering, 1831.
The Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 166 x 101 mm.). [i]-clxxxii [Life and Anecdotes of Goldsmith], -156 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece.
Bound c. 1930 by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Chas. J. Sawyer Ltd., stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in, with the S&S monogram stamped in gilt on rear doublure. Full dark red crushed levant morocco over beveled boards with elaborate gilt-rolled borders and gilt-tooled frame. Front cover with Oliver Goldsmith's initials within a decorative thistle tool frame. Rear cover with central gilt wreath. Spine with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, broad, gilt-rolled dentelles, green silk end-leaves, top edge gilt. Gilt-tooled green calf doublures with decorative gilt corner-pieces. Front doublure with a fine gilt-framed oval portrait miniature watercolor under glass of Oliver Goldsmith. Front joint expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A near fine example of an S&S Cosway-Style binding.
First edition thus, with a "Life of Oliver Goldsmith" by Rev. John Mitford and "Anecdotes of Goldsmith."
The Aldine Poet Series was a twenty-year project that involved printing new editions of classic British poets from Chaucer through to the nineteenth century. They were published in fifty-three volumes during the years 1830-1844. Pickering secured John Mitford and Alexander Dyce as editors with Sir Harris Nicolas, so that the series would be of high standard.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-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"