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Doctor Wakefield.
The Vicar Of Wakefield; A Tale, By Doctor Goldsmith.

The Vicar of Wakefield, subtitled A Tale, Supposed to be written by Himself, is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774). It was written from 1761 to 1762 and was first published in 1766. This example is from much later, 1817. It was one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. The book follows the trials and eventual triumph of the Primrose family, led by the Rev’d Dr. Charles Primrose, the vicar.

London: R. Ackermann, At The Repository Of Arts, 1817.
Bobins III 893; Tooley 436; Hardie 172.
London: R. Ackermann, At The Repository Of Arts, 1817.

8vo. [6]5-8254p. FIRST EDITION - FIRST ISSUE. Contemporary 1/2 calf over marbled boards, title in gilt to spine, raised bands in gilt to spine, repeat gilt motif in 3 compartments, spine reinforced and repaired, edge rubbing; clean tear in one plate repaired (facing 188) several tears repaired, minor soiling. 24 full-page hand-coloured illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson. The tale is of perpetual charm, and Rowlandson's plates show his full sympathy with the text. Nothing could be better than the spirited way in which he realized Goldsmith's idea of the 'Family Picture'". (Martin Hardie; English Coloured Books 172). Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. The Vicar of Wakefield. 2. The Social Evening. 3. The Departure from Wakefield. 4. Sophia Rescued from the Water. 5. The Welcome. 6. The Esquire's Intrusion 7. Mr. Burchill's First Visit. 8. The Dance. 9. Fortune-Telling. 10. The Vicar's Family on their Road to Church. 11. Hunting the Slipper. 12. The Gross of Green Spectacles. 13. The Vicar Selling his Horse. 14. The Family Picture. 15. The Vicar in Company with Strolling Players. 16. The Surprise. 17. The Stage. 18. Attendance of a Nobleman. 19. A Connoisseur. 20. The Scold, with News of Oliver. 21. The Fair Penitent 22. Domestic Arrangement in Prison. 23. The Vicar Preaching to the Prisoners. 24. The Weddings.