First published in 1772, "The Spiritual Quixote" is a good-humoured satire upon Methodism, written by Reverend Richard Graves, an Anglican clergyman who drew heavily upon his personal experiences and acquaintances as inspiration for this clever and highly amusing novel. Also known as "The Summer's Ramble of Mr Geoffrey Wildgoose," "The Spiritual ...
First published in 1772, "The Spiritual Quixote" is a good-humoured satire upon Methodism, written by Reverend Richard Graves, an Anglican clergyman who drew heavily upon his personal experiences and acquaintances as inspiration for this clever and highly amusing novel. Also known as "The Summer's Ramble of Mr Geoffrey Wildgoose," "The Spiritual Quixote" follows the religious and romantic adventures of its hero, a young Oxford man, who, living in retirement with his mother in the country, decides to become an evangelist, although mainly from the lack of any other more interesting occupation. Widely acknowledged as one of the best 'Quixote' novels of its time, written in imitation of the style of Cervantes' original, though on original and independent lines, "The Spiritual Quixote" is an engaging narrative that not only gently ridicules the vagaries of Methodism, but also tells an enjoyable tale of comic romance.
Very Good. Book A handsomely bound copy of The Spiritual Quixote. Bound in the original Regency mottled calf leather with marbled edges and gilt lettering and decoration. Richard Graves (1715 1804) was an English poet and novelist. He was an enthusiastic collector of poems, a translator, essayist and correspondent. His best-known work is the picaresque novel, The Spiritual Quixote (1773), which recounts the comic journeys of a Methodist preacher. The figure of Wildgoose satirises George Whitefield whom Graves had met during their student days at Oxford. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There is mild wear to the extremities, including bumping. Internally the pages are bright with very mild spotting. The title page and frontis are slightly browned, with spotting. Overall the condition is very good.
Book An eighteenth-century comic romance from Richard Graves. Second edition. Including a vignette title page and three engraved frontispieces. With 'The Life of the Author' bound in to the front of volume one. Strongly influenced by Henry Fielding, this episodic novel views an impressive range of society with gentlemanly amusement. His head turned by reading the religious polemics in his family library, Wildgoose becomes an itinerant preacher, abandoning his estate and worthy mother in the company of the hearty cobbler Jerry Tugwell (Sancho Panza to this spiritual Quixote). (DNB)Complete in three volumes. Bookplate of S. Knowles to front pastedown. Condition: Rebacked in calf with original boards preserved. Externally, sound, though with some slightwear to the original leather, and some light bumping. Hinges are strained. Pages have some foxing and handling marks throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD.
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