London: Printed for J. And F. Rivington, T. Longman, G. Kearsley, W. Griffin, G. Robinson, R. Baldwin, W. Goldsmith, T. Cadell, and T. Evans, 1774. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Small 4to [5.5" x 8"]. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #008279
Full contemporary calf boards w/ new professionally redone spine with orig. red leather spine label pasted down. Gilt tooled compartments, date stamped to spine foot. , 399; , 284, [64, index] pp. Staining and wear to boards, some leather repairs to corners. Previous tape repair to hinges. Ink ownership inscriptions to front endpapers of volume I and to foot of last page of volume II. Staining and foxing to interior. Printing error to page number of last page of volume I (399 printed as 389). First edition. A very good copy, printed shortly after Goldsmith's death. The Advertisement notes, "The Work was printed off when the Republic of Letters was deprived of one of its brightest Ornaments. Since the Author's Decease, the Work has been perused by several of his learned Friends, who are of the opinion, that it has an equal Claim to that Approbation which the Roman History received from the Public." Scott, pp. 327-8. Rothschild 1030. Sterling 410. Tinker 1136.