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Oliver Goldsmith "Agate Shells" 1853

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Oliver Goldsmith "Agate Shells" 1853
From "A History of the Earth and Animated Nature"

Oliver Goldsmith was born in Ireland c.1728. He studied theology and law at Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated from that institution in 1749. He later studied medicine at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leiden before settling in London where he worked as an apothecary's assistant.

Although he worked for the London publishers as a "hack writer" (a writer hired to produce popular works quickly) Goldsmith is probably known today as the author of his most serious and best literary efforts: "The Vicar of Wakefield (1761-62)," "The Good-natur'd Man (1768)" and "The Deserted Village (1770)."

"A History of the Earth and Animated Nature" was started in 1769, was scheduled to comprise eight volumes totaling about four hundred pages each and Goldsmith needed to produce it quickly to satisfy Griffin, his London publisher. He borrowed heavily from the other widely known treatises on natural history of the time by Buffon and Pliny. Although he was criticized by some for the veracity of his writing, he was praised by Samuel Johnson, well-known author ("A Dictionary of the English Language"), friend and fellow member of "The Club."

Plate LX: 1. Acute Agate Shell, 2. Variegated Agate, 3. Turbo Scalaris or Wentle Trap., 4. Zebra Agate, 5. Fiery do., 6. Chesnut do., 7. Virgin Agate, 8.9. White-lined do., 10. Patched Cassis, 11. Diana's Ear Strombus, 12. Knotty Ptrocera, 13. Roseate Harpa.

Large 8to., 6 1/2" x 10" overall measurement, light paper toning, left edge uneven from disbinding, several small foxing marks otherwise excellent condition, A. Fullarton & Co., London, Edinburgh and Dublin, 1853. *Please Note* This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print.

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