GOLDSMITH, Oliver (1730-1774).
Title The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, M. B. a new edition…. To which is prefixed some account of his life and writings. [4 volumes].
Publisher London: Printed for W. Otridge et al, 1812. 1812
Seller ID LV1870
4 volumes. 8vo. xi, 118, 273; [iv], 450; [ii]; 476; vi, 488 pp. 19 engraved plates including frontispieces (some signed by Charles Burney (1726-1814), Corbould, H. Whatley, Thomas Stothard) – 2 pls. in vol. IV mounted; minor offsetting, light foxing. With a ca.1920s binding signed by Bayntun, Bath, in gilt stamped spine with five raised bands, quarter dark morocco over light blue cloth, a.e.g.; lightly rubbed, cloth occasionally discolored. Very good. Handsome binding for this set. Goldsmith was described by contemporaries as prone to envy, a congenial but impetuous and disorganized personality who once planned to emigrate to America but failed because he missed his ship. His premature death in 1774 may have been partly due to his own misdiagnosis of his kidney infection.