1765 · London
by Goldsmith, Oliver.
4to. London: J. Newberry, 1765. 4to, modern full polished calf by Bedford, triple gilt rules and fleurons, gilt panelled backstrip with six raised bands and green morocco labels, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Minor sunning and wear to extremities. Neat paper repairs to three pages including the half-title. Final ad leaf present. § First published edition of Goldsmith’s first poem and the first work with his name as author. Fleeman’s third or fourth state with a variant half-title (possibly inserted), preceded only by two trial editions known in a total of three copies, which have variant forms of dedication to the author’s brother. Samuel Johnson, who contributed nine lines to the poem, praised it publicly and secured Goldsmith’s new literary celebrity. Fleeman 64.12GT/1c, Rothschild 1024, Tinker 1101, Sterling 399. (Inventory #: 105142)