An History of England, in a Series of Letters from a Nobleman to His Son. Oliver Goldsmith.
An History of England, in a Series of Letters from a Nobleman to His Son

Dr. Rosenbach Presentation Copy

An History of England, in a Series of Letters from a Nobleman to His Son.

London: J. Newbery, 1764.

First edition. [ii], 2, 309, [1]; [ii], 286, [2, ads] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Dr. Rosenbach Presentation Copy. Early 20th-century full calf gilt, red and green morocco spine labels, a.e.g., by Riviere. Spine ends chipped with loss, vol. I front cover detached, vol. II front cover re-attached. In custom cloth slipcase. Rothschild 1023. Provenance: Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach (inscription in pencil on front free endpaper, "To Hanna, from A. Dec 1/34. With all the best wishes in this and the other world!"); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate). Item #308076

First edition of Goldsmith’s epistolary History of England, intended for the young reader. Published anonymously, it was “at first ascribed to the Earl of Orrery, to Lord Lyttelton, and to the Earl of Chesterfield” (Halkett & Laing). With the imprint reading "in St. Paul's Church-Yard," vol. I page number present on page 62, and without vol. I O12 and vol. II A2, which in some copies contain ads. The Rothschild catalogue notes that in all variants the page 62 number is missing.

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