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1779 The Deserted Village A Poem Oliver Goldsmith Ninth Edition For Sale
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The Deserted VillageA Poem
By Oliver Goldsmith
1779 - London - J. Rivington and Sons, and T. Carnan
11.5" by 8", , (vii), 23pp.
A highly sought after and scarceninth edition of Oliver Goldsmith'srenowned poem,The Deserted Village.
Adorned with a small engraved vignette to the title page.
The Deserted Village condemns rural depopulation, the enclosure of common land, the creation of landscape gardens and the pursuit of excessive wealth. In Goldsmith's vision, wealth does not necessarily bring either prosperity or happiness. Indeed, it can be dangerous to the maintenance of British liberties and displaces traditional community. In making this argument, some have regarded Goldsmith not as a political radical, but as a socially-concerned "conservative". Indeed, his emphasis on the corrupting effects of luxury fit closely with discourses associated with Tory writers of the time.
Disbound, with all leaves detached but present. Some age toning, and chipping to the extremities. Some scattered foxing throughout, and the odd handling mark. Very slight loss to the last leaf.Overall: FAIR.
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1779 The Deserted Village A Poem Oliver Goldsmith Ninth Edition: $50