TITLE: The Vicar of Wakefield
AUTHOR: Oliver Goldsmith and illustrated by Arthur Rackham
PUBLISHER: George G Harrap and Company Limited
PLACE: London. Bombay. Sydney
NUMBERED: 281 / 575. Edition limited to 575 copies for England and 200 copies for the United States, of which this is No. 281 of the English edition.
NO.OF PAGES: 232 pages, illustrated with 12 colour plates and 22 black and white illustrations, and pictorial endpapers in grey and white.
BINDING: Bound in full cream vellum with gilt lettering and ornamentation on the front cover and on the spine
Height: 27 cm
Width: 21 cm
Depth: 2 cm
SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM IN BLACK INK
Small armorial bookplate inscribed: "Sir Reginald Watson - Jones" on the front pastedown.
Rackham noted, "There is such a fashion for publishing only limited editions that my books are in a rather curious position. The ordinary editions do not sell so large a number as of old, & the limiteds are vastly over-applied for..." [see: Hamilton, "Arthur Rackham", p. 142, Lattimore & Haskell p. 65.
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