The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith - John Forster 1854 - Bradbury and Evans, London - Extra Illustrated Second Edition An extra illustrated two volume set finely bound by Bayntun of Bath, containing two additional hand-coloured engraved frontispieces, and eighteen engraved plates.   John Forster (1812-1876), was an English biographer and critic and a friend of author Charles Dickens.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet, best known for his pastoral poem
The Deserted Village, his plays including She Stoops to Conquer and his novel The Vicar of Wakefield. The son of a clergyman, Goldsmith studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to London in 1756, where he briefly worked as an apothecary’s assistant. Perennially in debt, and addicted to gambling, he was described by his contemporaries as impetuous, prone to envy and extremely disorganised.

Two volumes. pp.[2] xlv [3] 454 [2]; [2] xii 548 [2].

Collation (6/2016)
Volume I - Colour Frontis, engraved plates opp. 107, 121, 231, 301, 332, 348, 383, 427. Full page facsimile letter and engraved vignette opp. 306.
Volume II - Colour Frontis, engraved plates opp. 138, 155, 190, 221, 294, 298,, 392, 420, 444.
  Bound by Bayntun of Bath in three quarter tan crushed levant morocco over marbled boards, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in two compartments and at the foot, the remaining compartments panelled in double gilt gilt and blind, enclosing gilt center tools, matching marbled boards, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some toning to plates, in fine bindings.   Ref: 108088   Price: HK$ 6,000