Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell (1795)
Book ID: 62579
Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell. Including: The Life of Goldsmith; The Traveller, or a Prospect of Society; The Deserted Village; The Life of Thomas Parnell; The Hermit by Parnell. London: W. Bulmer, Shakespeare Printing Office, 1795. First Edition. Folio. Pp xx, 75, uncut. Original full calf boards, covers ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands and russet letterpiece. Covers lightly scuffed, two library stamps to front free endpaper and one to rear.
With five full-page woodcuts illustrations and several woodcut vignettes throughout the text, designed by Thomas Bewick and engraved by his brother John. The illustrations are regarded as the handsomest of contemporary volumes containing Thomas Bewick’s work.
Contains Goldsmith’s best-known pastoral poem ‘The Deserted Village.’ Thomas Parnell was an Irish poet and clergyman who became known as one of the so-called ‘Graveyard Poets.’ Parnell was a contributor of articles to ‘The Spectator’ magazine and a friend of Alexander Pope & Jonathan Swift. Goldsmith wrote a poem in his memory entitled ‘Epitaph On Thomas Parnell.’