London: George Routledge and Co., 1859. 8vo. xvi, 160 pp. FIRST EDITION. Engraved title with gilt borders, numerous text woodcuts in contemporary colour, decorative initials, borders, ornaments, text within gilt rules. Original bright green cloth over beveled boards, decorated in blind, central panels in leaf sprays, central frame and title gilt, outer frame of gilt roundels with stars in gilt and black, lightly soiled at edges and worn at corners; yellow endpapers, some foxing throughout. Armorial bookplate of Richard Foster, small bookseller’s label “Andrew C. Glover” to front paste-down. Item #12205
FIRST WORK TO INCORPORATE COLOURED PRINTING BY EVANS. First edition. The present volume, which Goldsmith dedicated to his brother, the Rev. Henry Goldsmith, contains all of his poems, including The deserted village; The hermit; An elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaze; Threnodia Augustalis and Birds. llustrated by Birket Foster (1825-99), the most celebrated English painter of nineteenth-century rustic scenes, engraved in colors from wood blocks and printed by Edmund Evans (1826-1905).This was the first book with important pictorial colour printing by Evans. NSTC, I&II, 2G12291.