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    James Prior. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B. From A Variety of Original Sources. In Two Volumes. London: John Murray, 1837. Krown & Spellman retail: $125. First edition. 8vo. [A1-8], a1-4, B1-LL2; [A1-4], B1-2P4. xxiii, 515; vii, 584. 1/2 old calf, blind tool trim, marbled boards, corners worn and chipped. Banded spines, red morocco labels, gilt stamp decoration and lettering. Marbled edges. Browning and foxing, occasional damp stain. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Oliver Goldsmith (1730?-74), prolific poet and author, was a close friend of Samuel Johnson and one of the original members of Johnson's Club. He is most famous for having written The Vicar of Wakefield, and, incidently, Goody Two-Shoes.

    James Prior (1790?-1869), a navy man and writer of miscellanea, was most famous for his biographies of Burke and Goldsmith. His work in the latter shows much diligence and care, and Prior himself ended up suing John Forster for plagiarism in his own account of Goldsmith's life, and at least accusing Washington Irving of the same. Lowndes 1975. NSTC 2P27076.

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