This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1774 edition. Excerpt: ...safely landed again, be began rubbing his fists and spitting in his hands, and challenged to fight any two of the Miners who had ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1774 edition. Excerpt: ...safely landed again, be began rubbing his fists and spitting in his hands, and challenged to fight any two of the Miners who had treated him in that treacherous manner; when, perceiving his Master (who attempted to moderate his resentment), Jerry fell foul upon him with bitter complaints; and faid, "if Mr. Wildgoose had a mind to preach to "the Miners, he should go by himself: for he "would not be buried alive upon other people's "business; and I am sure," adds Jerry, " if I "had gone much lower, the cold damps would "have taken away my breath."--" Well," fays Wildgoose, "I don't desire you to run "any risque; but I myself will immediately "go down amongst these poor people, and open "my commission; and they shall not remain t1 one night longer under the dominion of - Satan." Wildgoose then desired the Miners "to let "him down the shaft, as he understood there "were several more of their fellow-labourers "under "under ground."--But the Miners then told him, " that there were no more than them"selves there; and that the Mine had been un der water for this week past; and that they u had been employed to bring away some ore, "that was left in a cavity about half way "down the shaft; and that they only took the f other honest man" (meaning Tugwell) "to "frighten him a little, by way of diversion." Wildgoose, therefore, having asked them some few questions more; he, Mr. Tench, and the rest of the company, returned towards Sir William Forester's. Tugwell, by not submitting to his fate with Christian patience, -had got a broken head in the scuffle; which, though he did not perceive it at first, bled...
Wear to the corners and edges of the front and back cover. The edges of the spine meeting the front and back covers is quite worn with two pieces of tape holding the spine intact. There is some slight foxing to the first and last few pages. Otherwise... 16mo. pp xxii, 352. Publisher's brown cloth with lettered gilt in a darker brown setting at the spine. Volume I ONLY.
Very Good. Book A lovely set of Graves's comic romance tale, a satire of Methodism. Second Edition. With engraved frontispieces to every volume, and a vignette title to volume I. Complete in three volumes. Richard Graves (17151804) was an English minister, poet, and novelist. Graves won fame for his prose. His collections often identify the anonymous author as the editor of his popular first novel, The Spiritual Quixote, or, The Summer's Ramble of Mr. Geoffry Wildgoose: a Comic Romance (3 vols., 1773; German trans., 1773; Dutch trans., 17989; ed. C. Tracy, 1967). 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). His attempts to preach usually lead to farce, satirizing the ignorance and ill breeding that the irrational enthusiast encourages. A blow to the temple from a flung decanter finally precipitates Wildgoose's return to his senses, allowing him to resume his proper station and to woo successfully the beautiful Miss Townsend. Graves especially satirizes George Whitefield. This servitor (not fellow) of Pembroke College, Graves snobbishly insists, did not originate Methodism (Tracy edn, 31); the dignified stranger who opposes Wildgoose's doctrinal extremes is no follower of Wesley but John Wesley himself (ibid., 326)! In this playful but deeply personal novel, Graves explored and disciplined the enthusiasm he shared with his mad brother. In a substantial inset tale, Mr. Rivers's Story, he described his own enthusiastic courtship. He also portrayed many friends, including the Fitzherbert household and Shenstone at The Leasowes, where Wildgoose drains the famous cascade and overturns the statue of a faun. DNBCondition: In full sprinkled calf bindings. Externally smart andattractive, although all the joints are cracked or starting, with wear to heads and tails of the spines. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and clean throughout, with just the odd spot or handling mark. Overall: VERY GOOD.
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